Walking down Lekka Str., looking to get a quick coffee, my eye was caught by this green storefront! In the beginning I thought that it was some neglected old cafe that was closed and the plants had started to engulf it! I was wrong! Approaching it a bit more, I saw Montalbano! The hybrid of a Sicilian cafe and French bistro (at least that’s what it reminded me of) that captivates you from the first second you lay eyes on it!
I went inside and ordered my coffee which was “Vergnano”, a company from Northern Italy, and was really really good! After a while I smelled onion and asked what it was. Five minutes later, the waiter came with a “cipollina” stuffed with onion, olives and mozzarella, that made my day! If you come later in the day, try an Italian wine along with a piece of “cassata” a traditional Italian dessert that I tried for the first time in my life at Montalbano and it was excellent!
If you find them, buy homemade Italian marmalades that are sold in the cafe… If you are lucky, you may come across some more Italian products that are for sale! After all, Montalbano is also titled as a specialty grocery store… One of the most powerful characteristics of Montalbano for me, is the really nice Italian espresso I mentioned, from the “Vergnano” family in Northern Italy! Montalbano is one of the “must-see” spots in the area!