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Hit coffee shop moving into CityCentre: Houston's new Italian hotspot takes shape?

Hit coffee shop moving into CityCentre: Houston's new Italian hotspot?

Fellini Caffe Rice Village
Fellini Cafe will expand from its original outpost in Rice Village to a second location in CityCentre.  Fellini Caffe/Facebook

Fellini Caffee has emerged as an unlikely hit in Rice Village. In an age when most coffee shops around town tout their locally roasted beans, Fellini proudly serves Lavazza beans from Italy.

Indeed, the whole shop feel very Italian, and the cafe has become a bit of a gathering spot for Italian ex-pats in Houston.

The Fellini team will try to build on the success of the first location with a second outpost in CityCentre. Scheduled to open in mid-July, Fellini Gelato & Caffe will build on the original location's array of panini, pastries and shared plates with the addition of gelato. Like the original, the new location should benefit from CityCentre's walkability (after patrons deal with its famously atrocious parking).

Fellini also gives CityCentre a more casual Italian option to pair with Radio Milano in the Hotel Sorella. 

Owner Salvatore Albelice has partnered with D'Amico's Italian Market Café owner Nash D'Amico and others on the second location. D'Amico served as a consultant for the first location, and he brings his experience in various Italian concepts to Fellini's expansion. 

Are gelato and properly made espresso just the thing to make CityCentre even more popular? What else could the development use? Let us know in the comments.