The Brooding Italian café
The Brooding Italian is a popular little espresso bar at the south end of Manning street in Kiama. This groovy little café opened in October 2013. It quickly became the talk of the town and was soon full of happy locals, enjoying the amazing coffee, great food and an incredible ambiance.
Owners Paolo and Kerry moved to Kiama in early 2013 and decided to open a cool little espresso bar the locals could call their own. The Brooding Italian café design was inspired by the industrial genre. Recycled materials were used in the design, including the centre light piece, which was the old satellite dish which was removed from the back car park. The feature wall on the right, as you enter the café, is a collection of new and reclaimed floor boards, mismatched to create a one of a kind design and setting of the Edison light bulbs. Paolo and Kerry have created a wonderful café, which has quickly become one of the most popular cafés in town.
Everyday, locals arrive for their daily coffee and after a few visits, you'll be welcomed by name. There is a happy, friendly atmosphere, even during the busiest times. Everyone is made to feel welcome and tables are frequently moved to better accommodate groups of people.
Children are welcomed and, when he's not busy making his famous coffees, Paolo may come by to say hello. He might even bring over a marshmallow.Paolo has been roasting coffee for a number of years and chose to include this as part of the Brooding Italian café. Paolo roasts his blends locally and you're always guaranteed fresh coffee daily. Enjoy the house blend or try the coffee of the week. Don't forget to check out the breakfast and lunch menu, which perfectly compliments the coffee! While the menu is only small, the flavours in each of the meals are amazing. You'll enjoy everything made by Kerry and her kitchen crew.
Drop in, say hello. Sample the amazing coffee and wonderful menu items. And, if you're in a hurry, text the café your coffee order and it will be ready for you when you get there!
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"Great food, superb coffee, groovy atmosphere. A stand out on the south coast for sure."
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Meet some of the fantastic Brooding Italian team
Meet Paolo Dicembre
Paolo is a Class 1 Professional Barista and has been serving coffee for over 15 years. Paolo has extensive experience as a barista, and as a barista instructor, has passed on his barista skills to others. He lets his coffees do the talking. Paolo roasts his own beans, which are highly sought after.
You'll find Kerry in the kitchen, creating masterpieces. Watch as the plates get taken back to the kitchen... there won't be any food on them! You'll find yourself going back again and again, to sample her whole breakfast and lunch menu.
Kerry moved to Kiama with Paolo and is new to the area, so make sure you smile and say hello.