Originally a restaurant in the city centre (opposite the Castle), the La Vita has now become a relaxed new cafe here in Roath serving a Sicilian-inspired menu.
Fran Power, who with partner Marco Branciamore, is behind the business told us:
“Although Marco relocated his town restaurant to his new one (the Sicilian Orange on Whitchurch Road), we both love quirky independent coffee shops and wanted to open our own. We both love the feel of Wellfield Road and we are very passionate about creating a place that is warm, friendly and relaxed.
“Our food is fresh and prepared daily by Marco. Although we will have the usual things on the blackboards like ciabattas and paninis, we will be experimenting with daily specials such as pizza slices and pastas as we want to keep it interesting.
“The food is Sicilian/Italian inspired as Marco is half sicilian. Our signature special will be arancini which are traditional Sicilian cuisine – fried risotto balls stuffed with either ham and mozzarella or spinach, pesto, pine nuts and mozzarella, although we will be experimenting with these also and adding to them. We stock a varied range of delicious range of cakes, such as our popular carrot, rum and pineapple traditional and will be adding traditional homemade Sicilian cannolis to the range,” she said.
The cafe has been open from 9am until 6pm Monday to Saturday and 10am until 5pm on Sunday. Opening hours are only a guide at the moment and may change subject to demand as they settle in.
“We have located to Roath because its a lovely area, it’s quite cosmopolitan with a lot going on. It has a nice eclectic art scene and quirky shops that you can spend your weekends browsing around. Although there are a lot coffee shops, independent ones are lacking and the feedback that we are getting from out customers is that they wanted somewhere independent with soul!
“We have taken a lot of care in designing a place that will appeal to all ages and is somewhere to relax. Artwork is from local artists as this is something we are also keen to promote,” she said.
Work is still ongoing to create even more seating for customers in the rear of the shop and Fran and Marco hope to obtain an evening license so that in the future they can transform the coffee shop into a little Italian pizzeria in the evenings.
We wish them every success 🙂