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Giancarlo Miggiano “JC” at IL Piccolo Posto Espresso Bar

By Ravenous Renee

Having only moved to Melbourne in March 2011 and already running his own successful cafe venture of one year (as of the 6th of September 2014), and so named IL Piccolo Posto (translated as The Little Place); Giancarlo Miggiano “JC” is more than just a talented barista. JC exudes love and passion for his coffee making craft and his business, not to mention his customers. You might as well be family as you’re greeted just as warmly every time you walk through his door.

All the way from small town Nociglia in Lecce, South of Italy, JC is a cafe aficionado dedicated to unparalleled service and bringing the community together over excellent coffee, authentic food and good conversation – true Italian style.

Growing up as a kid, JC always knew he wanted to one day own his own business in hospitality – Although back then JC envisioned he would open up a cocktail bar. It was not until JC discovered Melbourne’s incredible coffee culture while on a 6 month trip down under, after which he had already spent many years bartending in Europe and working in top restaurants and hotels, that his true path became clear. JC had developed a love and appreciation for good quality coffee (and the overall experience that goes along with it); hence with notable hospitality experience behind him it became evident that opening a cafe was his calling.

JC realised that working in the cafe industry opposed to the bar scene far more suited his personality. It also stood better align with his goals and values of establishing more meaningful customer relationships and quality conversations. JC knew opening his own cafe in Melbourne made sense; it would allow him to create his own little cafe sub-culture within the bigger net at bay. It would also allow him to “create a familiar place” to welcome everybody, and a place to call his “second home”. Part cultural, part personality thing – JC pursues a closer sense of community. No need to go to Lygon Street for a little bit of Italy now. St Kilda meet IL Piccolo Posto, meet JC, meet great coffee.

IL Piccolo Posto Espresso Bar
Tram 96, Stop #132 St Kilda Station
2A/60 Fitzroy Street, St Kilda
Open Mon–Fri 7am-4pm, Sat 8am-4pm, Sun 9am-3pm
Ph: 0450 525 882


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