Photography: Liz McLeish
Mileto’s in Windsor – A Family Affair
This warm Italian family puts a new spin on an old favourite at their cafe in Windsor.
Situated at the Windsor end of Chapel Street, former butchery and deli Mileto’s has been re-vamped into a homely cafe, specialising in classic Italian fare.
Owned and run for five or six years by husband and wife Laura and Pepe Mileto, the cafe operates as a family affair, with son James at the coffee machine and daughter Sarah behind the counter.
While Mileto’s offers a basic breakfast and lunch menu (with plans to expand into dinner as well), they also make a variety of healthy soups, salads and sandwiches, available to eat in or takeaway. Renowned for their minestrone soup and porterhouse steak sandwich, ingredients are often sourced from Melbourne’s farmers’ markets.
The space itself is generous yet cosy, and still offers the deli-style produce it was originally known for, proudly displayed by the counter. Adding to the ambience, potted herbs line the windowsill, and three-seater wooden tables are scattered throughout.
Originally from South Gippsland, the Miletos also offer a variety of take-home pastas, oils and produce from their hometown, presented along the left-hand wall.
Mileto’s-Broadsheet, 29th March 2011
Photography: Mia Mala McDonald
Elevenses Espresso Bar
Nestled in the entrance of a postage shop lies Elevenses Espresso Bar. Its unusual location is just one of many endearing quirks of this CBD cafe.
Fancy a game of Scrabble over lunch? Simply ask one of the friendly staff for a board. Or perhaps you require some light reading while you wait? Each table is casually strewn with anything from cycling magazines to homemade zines.
Freshly made sandwiches (four options) are packed with delicious fillings such as peach and bourbon pork, or try the Rooben on rye (an Australian twist) or The Ugly Duckling – duck roasted with orange and masala, with Swiss cheese, honey-roasted plum and watercress. The coffee is Toby’s Estate and they sell LuxBite macarons to sweeten the deal.
It’s easy on the hip pocket too; nothing on the menu is over $10.
While the venue itself may be small (two tables, three bar stools and a few two-seater tables out front) and the menu diminutive, every detail, from cuisine to character, is made with care and attention to detail. And all under the watchful eye of a friendly moose head perched on the wall.
Broadsheet, March 2011