It’s about 10am at the Newport athletics tracks and the kids are jumping.
They’re also running, leaping, panting and generally having a ball.
It’s the regular little aths meeting.
But as pleasing as this spectacle is, I’m here to check out the catering situation.
Is there better food – or coffee – at a Saturday morning kids sport gathering anywhere else in Melbourne?
I doubt it.
It’s no surprise at all – the food, drinks and coffee here are being happily dispensed by Claudio, Antoinetta and their family – the same crew that runs Pizza d’Asporto and will soon be unveiling Kiosk by d’Asporto at Williamstown.
There’s appropriately healthy little aths tuckers such as Italian “donuts” and bombolone but as well there’s …
… more decadent stuff like fresh fruit salad and freshly squeezed orange juice.
Oh, yeah – and pizza slices.
Best of all are really good-looking panini for $4 and stuffed with the likes of egg and pancetta, ham and cheese, and tuna tomato.
Sadly, I’ve already breakfasted so make do with a lovely apple turnover and an excellent cafe latte – yes, Team Pizza d’Asporto has installed a very good coffee machine.
After strolling around a bit, I decide that (yep) one those paninis and another coffee would go down very nicely.
But by then it’s rush hour as competitors and their parents besiege the kiosk.