La Vita – Sicilian cafe opens on Wellfield Road

La Vita, Wellfield Road cafeLa Vita, a new Italian cafe has opened its doors on Wellfield Road, Roath.

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.

Fran said:

“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 🙂


  1. Sa says:

    Ate at lavita this evening. Felt like going for dinner at a friends house. Very relaxed atmosphere. Good food. Will certainly be returning.

  2. Tom P says:

    Had a great time there last night. Bit of a wait, as only a couple of staff, but nice buzzy local atmosphere and great pizza. Need to sort out that back room, but otherwise fab. Will be returning within a few weeks I reckon.

  3. Sue says:

    I was really looking forward to trying a meal at La Vita but was left with an empty stomach, no apology and huge disappointment. My partner had booked us a table for 8.15 last Friday night just the thing after a long week of work.

    When we walked it was busy there was no welcome we managed to get the attention of the chef who said there was no free table in spite of our reservation and could we come back in 20 mins. We decided to give him and the cafe the benefit of the doubt and duly returned after the said time only to be told there was still no table and no further apology just a half hearted shrug and a mutter that it could be another 15-30 minutes, needless to say, we left and won’t be returning.

    Why offer to reserve a table when you can’t deliver better to be honest than to let people down when you are trying to build a new business!

  4. Claire says:

    Perhaps the first reviewer is the type of person who loves the blandness of chain restaurants, with it’s generic ‘clean’ interior and soulless environment? My family and I been to la vita many times, we have always found it welcoming, food excellent and very child friendly. Personally I would prefer them to continue making great food and coffee than cleaning the skirting boards!! The first reviewer is certainly missing out by not returning to this great place.

  5. Claire says:

    This is just another business waiting to fail. Food was bland and uninspiring. Wonder how long this one will last.

  6. Matt says:

    Think that’s a bit harsh in their first week.
    We went for lunch over Easter – friendly welcome, great music and lovely food. Its got a nice relaxed atmosphere and the local art on the walls makes a great change from all the chains.
    Heartily recommend it for tasty Italian food and some very good coffee.

    • Julie M says:

      I have been several times to La Vita. It is always a pleasure.
      Great food,friendly service and good music. Nice to see local people
      giving the chains a run for their money.

  7. C says:

    Wishing to support local businesses in the area my husband and I chose to visit La Vita today. The lack of atmosphere, music, welcome and cleanliness made for a disappointing visit which will not be repeated. As a new business in a popular area it is vital that the finish of the painting and skirting boards,including clean windows and glass door are always pristine. Unfortunately La Vita lacks identity and charm. It has yet to define itself.