One of my favorite things about traveling to Italy is popping into one of the ubiquitous cafes – called bars there – for a cappuccino in the morning or an espresso anytime. The espresso is invariably good, sometimes great, like the one I had in Naples in a deserted bar after lunch in June that was wonderfully robust, mouth-filling and with some requisite sugar, perfectly balanced. In this country, unfortunately, it is rare to find an espresso that is not thin and very bitter. Thankfully, milk and cream can cover a lot of mistakes with the other espresso-based drinks.
But, Houston is getting a chance for consistently high-quality espresso, along with those other Italian coffee drinks with an espresso base. Two Italians are opening an Italian-style bar in the Rice Village on September 15. Called Fellini Caffé, it will feature espresso and other drinks made from Lavazza “Gran Riserva” coffee beans ground on site and a top-notch Faema Emblema espresso machine. To aid in the needs of the morning rush, they have imported an Italian pastry chef to create flaky Italian morning staples from up and down the country, including Sicily.
Just like in Italy, Fellini Caffé will serve an all-day function; there will be paninis and other lighter fare during lunchtime, and wines, beers and even a Spritz for the evening hours, plus desserts and coffee in the evening. The hours will be Monday through Thursday, 6 AM to 10 PM; Friday, 6 AM to 11 PM; Saturday, 8 AM to 11 PM and Sunday, 8 AM to 10 PM.
5211 Kelvin (between Rice and Dunstan), 77005, (713) 376-3040