Cinecittà Bar and Roman Pizza

Overall Rating: 7.100

Address: 663 Union St.
Cross Street(s): Columbus Ave.
City, State ZIP: San Francisco, CA 94133
Neighborhood: North Beach
Phone: 415.291.8830
Hours: Su-Th 11am-10pm; F-Sa 11am-12am
Type of Establishment: Restaurant
Cafe Rating: 7.80
Barista: 8
Savvy: 8
Ambiance: 7
Presentation: 8
Consistency: N/A
Espresso Machine: La Spaziale
Coffee Rating: 6.40
Aroma: 6
Body: 6
Brightness: 6
Crema: 8
Flavor: 6
Taster's Correction: 0.0
Size: M
Primary Taste: Pungent
Coffee Beans: Miscela D'oro
Cup Manufacturer: ACF
Price: $2.00
Last Update: 08/10/2007
First Reviewed: 08/10/2007
Notes: Outdoor Seating

This combination pizza parlor (square pizzas) and wine bar has numerous small café tables indoors and counter seating at the bar/pizza ovens. There's also limited sidewalk seating out front. The décor is their namesake Roman film studios of Fellini's 1950s, complete with movie posters (plus an AS Roma kit on the wall by the wine rack). Using a two-group La Spaziale near the pizza ovens, they meticulously pre-heat their Miscela d'Oro logo ACF cups and properly brew espresso shots straight into the cup. It's the right, modest pour size, and it comes with a deep brown speckled crema of decent richness - though the thickness could be better. It has a sharper (almost bitter) herbal flavor with some weakness in the body despite its size. There's also something of a lingering dry-mouth aftertaste. But even so, this is espresso as handled by people who are knowledgeable and care. They also produce good milk frothing.