There?s a delight in store

DISCOVERING Rockhampton's newest eatery, Delizie, is like finding your own secret cubby, say owners John Cornwell and Gianni De Luca.

The cafe, which opened in late December, is tucked away on the first floor of Stewarts Department Store and operates during the store's hours.

While the pair originally decided to move from Sydney to Rockhampton to open a little cafe and enjoy the quiet life, the move has been anything but.

"The quiet life is just not happening,'' Mr Cornwell joked. "Lunches are being booked out. We've got bookings for lunch as far as October 14. It's really busy.''

Mr Cornwell said he and his partner, who is originally from Italy, had run a corporate catering business in Sydney for the previous six years before deciding to make the move.

"Sydney was getting too manic. People don't really talk to you there. Here people like to chat and treat you like old friends.''

Mr Cornwell said everything just fell into place when they heard Stewarts were looking for someone to reopen the cafe which had been empty for about four years.

"We feel part of the Woods family. We can't thank them enough for their support,'' Mr De Luca said.

Mr Cornwell said while the pair were adding their own twist to the once well-known eatery, they had retained traditions, such as the popular high tea.

Mr De Luca said the menu regularly changed and unavoidably had a slight Italian leaning.

Examples of Delizie's meals include a shredded roast chicken capellini (angel hair pasta) layered with ricotta, a special tomato sauce and basil then baked; and kumara (gold sweet potato) and leek frittata.

Mr Cornwell said the name Delizie meant "delicious'' or "delight'' in Italian.

Delizie is open from 10am to 4pm from Tuesday to Saturday.

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