Blurb; When Joe tasted a mouthful he was amazed how delicious it was – a dense taste, better than any pasta he’d eaten before. Food was suddenly different – he felt as if his taste buds were doing the cha-cha-cha on Strictly.
Joe loves his Italian heritage: the language, the opera, the lasagne! But it’s hard to celebrate his Italian roots in Bryn Mawr, South Wales, where his mam is sick of running the family’s tatty café. Just like his great-grandfather who opened the café in 1929, Joe is an entrepreneur. He vows to save the family business, and to spice up the tired High Street with a little Italian flavour!
This is a heart-warming story about bringing a diverse community together and the amazing history of Italian immigrants in Wales. From the author of Cowgirl, shortlisted for the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize.
My review; This is an award winning children’s read. A beautiful coming together story to save a cafe that has been in the family for decades. Main character Joe is not giving up on this cafe however much his mother wants to sell it. He is a very determined & clever boy coming up with alsorts of ways to save it. Bring in an amazing cook with family ties to help and Joe learning all about his families past, it makes a heartwarming read with a brilliant ending. Contains short chapters. It’s an easy read. It’s a lovely read. Highly recommend. A well deserved four stars from me.