Pasticceria Amelia has been tucked away in Belconnen Markets for the past three years. In that time, the eatery has been steadily building a faithful following with its gorgeous pastry offerings, seasonal pastas and fabulous customer service.
The Pasticceria’s food, including its splendidly flaky sfogliatella, is based on the honed recipes by owner Ben’s nonna, Amelia.
Despite becoming harder to find and access due to the extensive renovations to the Belconnen Markets, 2022 was a fabulous year of growth and expansion for Amelia.
One big change has been the team launching its newest location, Negozio by Amelia in the Monaro Mall in the Canberra Centre (just behind Raku).
The spot is perfect. Central to everything, airy and full of light. The first thing I think as I walk in is: nobody puts Amelia in a corner. They are so accessible here!
Everything gleams. Rows of pastries and sandwiches just beg to be selected from the glass windows. A croque monsieur makes my mouth water. And I can smell great coffee.
“This location provided us with the opportunity to do something a bit more niche. It was an easy setup,” owner Ben says.
“We came in with our furniture and our products. We’ve only got a small kitchen here, so our menu is small and precise. A couple of breakfast items and a pasta dish, of course! A lot of what we do here is fresh piadina. It’s Italian-style street food. Fresh panini traditionally filled with greens, fresh buffalo mozzarella and fresh mortadella. You just pop it into a hot press and toast it. It is beautiful, made with quality ingredients. Simple is best.”
All the sweets and pastries are made fresh at the Belconnen store.
I am excited for the launch of Negozio’s coffee slushy, the crema di café! Ben says it is almost like a coffee granita and very popular in Italy during the summer months. You eat it like you would a gelato, but it has got a refreshing icy texture.
If you know some Italian, you may have worked out that Negozio means ‘shop’. And there are plenty of beautiful items to buy here.
Find a range of berry-hued Marcato Atlas pasta machines, as well as Illy coffee pod machines. You can pick up one of the innovative coffee-perfecting espresso machines, the Alessi Pulcina. Grab Italian playing cards so you can play one of the world’s best games, Scopa! There is pasta to cook at home and bottles of chilli and tomato sauce to put on it.
“Negozio is ILLY’s only endorsed retailer in the ACT,” Ben explains.
“We work with their family directly in Italy. We use their machines, their coffee and their crema café.”
Negozio by Amelia in the Monaro Mall in the Canberra Centre is open from 9 am to 5 pm every day (and 8 pm on Fridays when Ben says they do a happy hour with antipasto platters, aperol spritz and negroni).
Original Article published by Michelle Taylor on Riotact.