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One of a kind coffee shop to open in Rice Village: New cafe to bring a European feel

One of a kind coffee shop hits Rice Village: Cafe caters to walkers

Fellini Caffe menu cover September 2013
Fellini Caffè will bring an Italian flavor to Rice Village this month. Fellini Caffe Houston/Facebook

Coppa Osteria isn't the only Italian concept set to open this month in Hanover Rice Village. Following on its heels is coffee, sandwich and pastry shop Fellini Caffè

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.