Every neighbourhood should have a café like Santucci's. Carnegie is lucky that Santucci's calls it home. This cosy joint combines wholesome homemade food, friendly staff, and a laid back vibe, guaranteeing a great time at every visit.
When you walk inside from bustling Koornang Road the low lighting creates a sense of intimacy to welcome you. The walls are decorated with a collection of quirky pictures in frames of various sizes; and mismatched chairs surround dark wood art deco style tables, ranging from intimate two seaters to large eight-seaters for a big group or communal dining.
Entrance to Santucci's (image from the Santucci's website)
Usually busy, it can sometimes be hard to find a seat. This is especially true on weekends when you may have to weave through more than a few prams to get to a table, but it is well worth the effort. Newspapers are provided, or you may want to grab a second hand novel or travel book from the bookcase. Despite its popularity you don't feel rushed, and lingering over your drink or meal is not an issue.
There is a courtyard out the back, usually commandeered by smokers, and a few tables on the Koornang Road pavement for an alfresco experience.
The menu has an Italian twist and features an innovative breakfast menu. Favourites include the scrambled eggs with marinated Greek feta on potato rosti with roasted tomato and avocado, and the tasty poached eggs on Turkish focaccia with bacon, jalapeno, capsicum, salsa, and roquette. There are also staples such as French toast, pancakes, and homemade muesli.
scrambled eggs with marinated Greek feta on potato rosti with roasted tomato and avocado (image from the Santucci's website)
On offer for lunch are sandwiches of all descriptions, as well as a frittata of the day, pie of the day and daily specials of pasta or risotto. You could also try something like a jazzy hamburger or steak sandwich. Italian homemade cakes and biscotti are baked daily in Santucci's kitchen and include scrummy chocolate hedgehogs, muffins with berries and tea cakes.
Many local workers drop in for a take away coffee, and for good reason, it is consistently silky and well made. If you like to get specific and try something different there is a featured 'single origin coffee of the week' which is often an organic and fair-trade blend and served in eclectic crockery. Alternatively you may prefer a freshly squeezed juice, spider, T2 tea or a glass of the house wine.
Santucci's is occasionally open at night for live jazz evenings or open mic events where participants of any skill level are invited to sing, recite poetry or share their music and this adds to the sense of community being created. But whenever you visit you are likely to be greeted with a smile and to leave with a satisfied stomach.