With a show of surprisingly great weather for the season on a Melbourne (generally renown for its four seasons in one day reputation) Saturday morning, it was a perfect day for breakfast at Fossettę - Cafe & Food - 737 Heidelberg Road, Alphington. Open daily from 7am to 4pm, the Alphington train station just across from it, makes it easy to get to, via public transport as well.
The first thing you notice is its open plan, spacious, airy and bright atmosphere, with lovely crisp blue floor tiles and a pulled back exposed brick wall. Hanging plants at the back end of the cafe add to the vibe, along with seating that can be personal, shared (long table) or 'make yourself at home and be comfy' individual sofas.
The other thing that struck me throughout the morning I was there, was the turnover of clientele grabbing breakfast or just a cup of coffee. This made for a busy morning, with everyone treating it like a familiar favourite, making themselves comfortable, which belied the fact that Fossettę has only been open four weeks.
The Avo Smash Grande with chilli, feta, crumbed eggs, blistered cherry tomatoes & balsamic reduction
It was no longer a surprise once our coffee and breakfast had been devoured. The Veneziano coffee was smooth and went down a treat, just like the Omelette on Toast with spinach, feta, caramelised onion and cherry tomatoes; and the Avo Smash Grande with chilli, feta, crumbed eggs, blistered cherry tomatoes and balsamic reduction.
The crumbed eggs topping the Avo Smash Grande was a nice touch by Kiwi (New Zealander) chef Blair. It was very lightly crumbed and added that touch of crunch to an already delicious breakfast, perfectly cooked. There was no holding back on the spinach in the omelette either, and such generosity can only be complimented by wolfing it down with great gusto.
The Omelette on Toast with spinach, feta, caramelised onion & cherry tomatoes
Other offerings available for breakfast are toasties, croissants, granola, breakfast in a bun, Mr Benedict and Il Giardino which are eggs your way with mushroom, roasted tomato, avocado, sauteed spinach and hash brown on toasted sourdough.
For around lunch time, the beef, chicken and veggie burgers could be more to your taste, with a serving of rustic chips with aioli. There's also a variety of panini filled with delights like prosciutto, salami, cotoletta (Italian word for veal breaded cutlet) schnitzel and roasted eggplant.
Not so hungry? Then perhaps light bites like the Caesar and Mediterranean salad is for you with perhaps a bit of indulgence like the Formaggi misti with a selection of cheeses. The Fossettę antipasto with a selection of Italian style fried delicacies, arancini and house made olives, meats and cheeses would be 'light biting' in style.
Check the cake display fridge for freshly made biscuits and cakes if you're after something a little sweet after your meal.
Anthony and Megan work hard to add the Fossettę (dimples) to your smile as they would say. Influenced by his father who was always a businessman and a barber, Anthony evolved in his businesses from landscaping, to hairdressing, and now a cafe. From Italian heritage, the Alphington area has been home to him and he intends to bring the authentic Italian influence to the food served at Fossettę with the salads and panini.
The lasagne served at the cafe is cooked by his mum who is working with Blair the chef to pass on many of her traditional family favourites. With two nieces who are patisserie chefs, the cafe is all set for a variety of cakes, slices and sweets.
Hanging plants and exposed brick walls add to the modern yet homely vibe
As the nieces travel to Italy regularly their desserts are influenced by their trips, and it's a nice way for them to keep up to date with current eateries and what's on offer in Italy. You get the benefit of tasting these tasty morsels without having to travel to Italy for it.
You'll feel very at home at Fossettę with warm, friendly people making sure you're satisfied. Anthony is making a statement of who and what Fossettę is all about, and most of all, it's about respect. Here's a bit of a 'heads-up'. You can look forward to savoury and sweet crępes on the menu in the near future. Check out their Facebook page to stay updated as their menu evolves, and to drool over the lovely pics of food porn.