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The History of the Central Cafe

Italo and Guiseppina Petrucci first opened the Central Cafe in 1933. Italo's vision was to provide a quality, family run business producing fish and chips, and homemade Italian Ice Cream ( which is still made to this day) , a trade he learned not only by working in, but also in running the businesses of other Italian settlers who had taken time to go back to Italy to visit their own families.

Italo and Peppe; as she was affectionately known by the locals; were originally from Pianosinatico, a small village in the Apenine Mountains of Tuscany, where the family of today still regularly return to visit.

After retirng in 1962. Italo handed over the reigns to his daughter Tina who had helped her parents enomously over many, and sometimes difficult years, especially the time Italo had been interned by law and sent to the Isle of Man for eight months. Later, as her parents were getting older, it seemed a natural transition for her to take over. along with her husband Bruno, they ran the Central Cafe successfully for a further 13 years, managing to raise a family of four along the way.

The cafe has since been handed down through all of Tina's childen, and is currently in the capable hands of her youngest son, Paul, who with his wife Elizabeth, has proudly carried on his Grandfathers legacy since 1987.

The Cafe today
Traditional Confectionery

To this day the cafe still sells traditional confectionery, as well as boxes of chocolates for all occasions, we will even wrap them for you.

The machine where the magic happens, it may not look like much, but this is where we make our traditional Italian Ice Cream, using the same recipie that Italo and Peppe used over 70 years ago.

Our Ice Cream maker
Homely and welcoming

We offer a full sit-in menu too, see our menu page for full details * , with a homely and cosy feel, you can sit in the cafe and watch the world on the street go by.

Our retro fryer, this has been used by all 3 generations and has been an integral part of the Cafe since the early 60's. Its chips taste as good today as they did when Italo and Peppe were cooking with it.

Our Ice Cream maker
Italo and Peppe Outside the Central Cafe Italo and Peppe Tina and Bruno Paul and Liz (Elizabeth) Soriani

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17 George Street , Whithorn, DG8 8NS . Telephone 01988500210

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(*) Please note the prices listed on the menu page are takeaway prices.