Remember the theme song from that 1980s TV Sitcom, Cheers?
“Making your way in the world today takes everything you’ve got. Taking a break from all your worries sure would help a lot. Wouldn’t you like to get away… Sometimes you want to go where everybody knows your name, and they’re always glad you came”.
Well that song plays in my mind each time I visit Son of Tucci, home to Massimo and Fabian Crea. I’m a strong believer that having a local café where the barista knows your name and order…. and in my case- my favourite coffee origin it adds a sense of belonging to one’s life.
Such was also the case for me at their Carnegie café Santucci, where Fabian and Massimo, several years ago – cut their teeth in the hospitality industry. It was a wonderful period in my life, working in the area and seeing the boys – on the dot – at 7am every morning. I spent countless mornings with them, trying new coffees, and watching with glee when their brand spanking new La Marzocco Strada was installed. These fond moments were a driving force for me to follow my passion in cafés.
Massimo and Fabian created a space for me to not be afraid to “geek out” about coffee and the years progressed, I learned not see them as baristas who made my morning espresso, but gentlemen with whom I forged a lasting friendship. Back in 2015,….The boys moved on from Carnegie, and made Mt Waverly their new home, where that genuine family environment has continued. They have preserved their respect for their nonno, Mr Santucci, by christening the venue Son of Tucci.
The sentimentality of this café is infinite. On any given day, you’ll find Massimo and Fabian’s mum baking wholesome cakes and treats, which have become a real hit with locals who devour them within minutes of coming out of the oven.
Son of Tucci has a genuine warmth. A visit is always met with smiling faces, prompt service, and sincere care for the coffee. The fit out is modern, with an industrial chic feel. Much to my delight, they have Singer Sewing Machines displayed on shelves, and Veneziano coffee bags take pride and place beside them. What I admire most about the Son of Tucci team is their willingness to treat anyone who comes through the door as part of their family. A sense of belonging may seem like such a simple feeling, but its rippling effect is enormous. Not all of us grew up in families where we innately felt a natural acceptance, and respect for who we are.
For a long time I’ve waxed lyrical about cafes serving not just as coffee merchants, but as a venue where like-minded people establish positive, lasting, and significant associations.
That sense of comfort in knowing a café is a safe space to just be you, is why I love the coffee industry. Coffee doesn’t discriminate- it doesn’t care what your gender, race, colour, age, size, or status is. The poorest of farmers grow it, and the richest of CEO’s consume it daily.
The menu has all the ‘Melbourne’s favourites’, with a touch of “Mums homemade cooking”, such as Mums fig, pear, and walnut loaf with cinnamon butter; Sriracha maple glazed bacon with smashed avocado on sourdough; and Waffles with mandarin curd, maple roasted pear, raspberry coulis, and almond crumble (see image below!).
The coffee menu had me in an instance- the Ethiopian Gesha Village special microlot from Veneziano. How, oh how, could I ever knock back an Ethiopian Gesha, that’s been naturally processed. It was everything I love in this origins offerings and more. Grown in the Bench Maji, this stellar coffee was as complex as it was sweet, with a tropical fruit aroma, and delicious candied passionfruit, melon, and red berry notes.
Son of Tucci
5 Hamilton Walk
Mount Waverley VIC 3149