Co-owners Paolo Fronza tells CultureMap that he and partner Salvatore Albelice chose Rice Village, because it's "closest to Europe in terms of being a pedestrian area." They like the idea that people will be able to walk into the cafe, have a coffee and then continue on to their next destination.
The cafe's Faema Emblema espresso machine is the first of its kind in Texas.
Although the trend in Houston coffee is towards locally roasted beans, Fellini keeps things Italian by being the only coffee shop in Texas that uses Lavazza “Gran Riserva” coffee beans, which they describe in a statement as a "premium blend of Arabica coffee showcasing the very best of Central American and Brazilian coffee." Fronza says that the cafe's Faema Emblema espresso machine is the first of its kind in Texas.
In terms of food, the cafe will serve pastries in the morning, panini in the afternoon and homemade desserts all the time. Fellini's Facebook page shows delicious-looking cannoli from a preview service that should be a sufficient reason for at least an initial visit.
Fellini is also poised to be a happy hour hotspot. Every day from 4 until 8 p.m., the shop will host aperitivo hours featuring shared appetizers that are free to patrons who order a glass of wine or beer. "We’ve created our dream space and reproduced the same bar we would go to in Italy,” Fronza explains.
Although a recent drive by showed the interior still isn't ready, Fronza tells CultureMap he expects to open by the end of next week.
Coffee, booze, snacks. What more could anyone want?
Fellini Caffe's hours will be Mondays through Thursdays, 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Fridays, 6 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Saturdays, 8 a.m. – 11 p.m. and Sundays, 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.