Stella Pastry & Café

Overall Rating: 7.200


Address: 446 Columbus Ave.
Cross Street(s): Btwn Green & Vallejo Sts.
City, State ZIP: San Francisco, CA 94133
Neighborhood: North Beach
Phone: 415.986.2914
Hours: M-W 7:30am-7pm; Th 7:30am-10pm; F-Sa 7:30am-12am; Su 8:30am-10pm
Type of Establishment: Bakery
Cafe Rating: 7.00
Barista: 7
Savvy: 6
Ambiance: 7
Presentation: 8
Consistency: Consistent
Espresso Machine: La Spaziale
Coffee Rating: 7.40
Aroma: 6
Body: 7
Brightness: 8
Crema: 8
Flavor: 8
Taster's Correction: 0.0
Size: M
Primary Taste: Pungent
Coffee Beans: Mr. Espresso
Cup Manufacturer: Le Porcellane d'ANCAP
Price: $1.75
Last Update: 09/22/2006
First Reviewed: 07/02/2003
Notes: Outdoor Seating

Review
North Beach bakery famous for their unique "Sacripantina," but their espresso has been no slouch. A few indoor and some outdoor cafe tables, but most patrons get baked goods to go. Simple but pleasant interior, with a ceiling painted sky-blue with clouds. They serve espresso from a two-group La Spaziale S3 (not the typical, cheaper Spazio you often find in the area) in Lavazza-branded cups. They used to serve Lavazza beans but have since switched to Mr. Espresso. While it no longer has as chocolatey a flavor, there are chocolate notes over a more pungent base with a touch of sweet tobacco. It's served with a somewhat congealed, medium brown crema that may seem a little thin in size, yet it persists throughout the cup. Rosa the barista runs the place during most daytime hours now. And don't overlook their Florentines.