Bragazzis is picnic-basket full of Italian swagger, rustic charm and a boar’s head. Pretty much everything you could wish from your friendly local hangout.
Chairs old and new jostle for space in the characterful, wooden-clad surroundings. Wicker baskets sit alongside plastic straws. Classic Italian posters hang wonkily from the walls. It’s as if your ditsy Italian aunt has been plied with espresso and left in charge.
The beans come from local wholesaler Pollards. My flat white was beautifully presented, and really good (though not the best coffee in Sheffield – that’ll be Tamper, review to follow).
In this crazy mixed up place, you’d expect nothing less than a deli – with hams, cheeses and posh pasta – on the other side of the room. It’s all charmingly mix-and-match, with take-away coffees available from the deli, and sandwiches available in the sit-down bit.
My cohort had a sandwich. She says it is unquestionably the best sandwich she’s ever had. As far as sandwiches go, that’s literally as good a review as possible.
So, the sandwiches are top notch, the coffee is great, the place is bustling and friendly and everything’s just a bit odd, in a kind of crazy Italian flea market kind of way. What’s not to like? Nothing, that’s what.
220 Abbeydale Road
We visited on 9 February 2013.