A former bank in Lower Allen Township now serves Italian coffee, homemade sandwiches and soups.
Earlier in October, Alba Cafe opened at 4902 Louise Drive at the Rossmoyne Business Center in Lower Allen Township. The breakfast and lunch venue is owned by Carmelo Ferrante, who previously ran restaurants including Wood Fire Italian Grill in York Township, York County.
“We love what we do. We put hard work and passion into the business,” he said.
The Sicilian-born Ferrante named Alba for the Italian word for sunrise, which is a perfect stop for Lavazza-brand Italian espresso, panini sandwiches and stuffed croissants. Ferrante said new customers are surprised by food offerings.
“People think it’s convenient. People love the coffee and say it’s no ordinary coffee,” he said.
He said the restaurant is comfortable with seating for around 25 diners and orders at the counter. Customers can also pick up their orders at an ATM.
Alba’s menu kicks off with breakfast dishes including different types of egg sandwiches, waffles, croissants and muffins. It extends to paninis such as a smoked salmon norwegian, spinach pesto with chicken, and grilled ham and cheese, as well as a variety of wraps including ranch chicken, buffalo chicken, and tuna. .
Star flatbreads with options like traditional margarita, white, supreme with meats, and parma with prosciutto and arugula. Ferrante makes soups from scratch with a rotating selection including shrimp and squash, chicken noodles, and an Italian marriage.
An extensive espresso menu offers hot and cold beverages ranging from cappuccinos and lattes to mochas and Americanos. Gluten-free options are available. Alba Cafe also offers a catering service with dishes such as chicken masala and pasta.
The café is open from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday to Friday and from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday. Close on Sunday.