This arty, hearty break­fast with Ital­ian flavour will hit the spot

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Café: True Italic Ital­ian Art Cafe Ad­dress: 15 Bree Street Con­tact: 021 418 7655 Hours: Mon­days: 7am to 7pm, Tues­days: to Fri­days: 7am to 10pm, Satur­days: 6pm to 11pm Dish eaten: Full Italic Price: R60

WENDYL MARTIN

YOU WOULDN’T think that there was much go­ing on at the lower end of Bree Street, but things are chang­ing.

A while ago, Latino restau­rant Orinoco popped up and across the street it looks like laun­dro­mat-cum-cof­fee shop I Love My Laun­dry is open­ing.

En­ter the True Italic Ital­ian Art Cafe, a place nar­row enough to miss if you are not aim­ing for 15 Bree Street hard enough.

Feel­ing a bit peck­ish this week, I or­dered one of their full break­fasts, the Full Italic. Served on a large chop­ping board, it was a plate of two fried eggs, Si­cil­ian home­made pork sausage, oven-baked cherry toma­toes, mush­rooms, baked beans and the pancetta. I most en­joyed the thin, streaky pancetta which was a nice change from the usual ba­con I eat with th­ese sort of dishes. It was a meal big enough for me not to want to fin­ish my toast.

My col­league or­dered the Full Vir­gin (R60) which is usu­ally eggs, ba­con, sausage baked beans, tomato and mush­rooms; pretty stan­dard. As she is veg­e­tar­ian, they were kind enough to swop her meat for avocado and roasted veg­eta­bles.

It was a hot day, so we both or­dered the Caffe Shek­er­ato (ice shaked cof­fee), R25. It was not as creamy as I ex­pected and re­sem­bled more of a soda in its look. The fizzy drink was topped with a foam.

The next time I’m there, I’m go­ing to give their poached egg on rye a try; it’s served with a napo­le­tana sauce.

The True Italic has a lit­er­a­ture and arts theme. Its logo is that of a type­writer and old books are part of the decor. True to its name, the ex­posed walls are a space for pain­ters to show­case their work and the venue reg­u­larly hosts live mu­sic events.

On the morn­ing we were there, my col­league and I found our­selves bop­ping to the sounds of VH1 clas­sics, pro­vid­ing much chat­ter of cheesy songs of the ’90s. The videos are pro­jected for you to en­joy.

The ser­vice has a per­sonal touch. The staff are en­gag­ing about their food and it was served promptly.

If you get there early enough, there are daily spe­cials that run un­til 8.30am. Twit­ter:@WendylMartin wendyl.martin@inl.co.za

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