The location is problematic as it's a blink and you'll miss it situation. I was certainly not aware of it until it was suggested for a meeting and I learnt its charms first hand. The problem is that it is a touch away from the main centre of Samford, just enough to be outside of a normal stroll around town, and is in one of those little shopping complexes between the post office and a rural supplies shop. The entrance also does not look like much, but once you go through the doors you are in another world.
This place is a rarity in that it tries to be all things to all people and yet seems to succeed. It is a great place for a coffee, a great place to get a decent take away pizza, a great place to have a sit down Italian meal for lunch or dinner and also, or so I'm told, does a wonderful breakfast. If it was not enough that breakfast, lunch, morning and afternoon tea are covered, it's also an up late wine bar so you could really spend an entire day here.
I took the photos for this article after a very pleasant afternoon tea, so sadly there are no food photos at this stage, but I can say that if you like traditional, thin crust proper Italian pizza, you will not be disappointed. The toppings may look a bit sparse but if you think quality and balance of flavours rather than pure quantity, and then give it a go, you will be surprised how good a well balanced, properly wood fired pizza can taste. The Pizza di mare is a standout to me with wonderful fresh seafood.
I have spoken a lot about the food so far (I believe with good reason) but the atmosphere is a lot of what makes this place. It's toasty and warm inside on the couches where you can watch the wood oven and feel its warmth, but the wonderful old converted door tables in the alfresco area are also a treat.
I love this little café, and will definitely be back with my family before long. With any luck the run of manager/ owner changes has finished and we are in for a good long relationship with this wonderful little piece of Italia.