Gialina

Overall Rating: 5.650


Address: 2842 Diamond St.
Cross Street(s): Bosworth St.
City, State ZIP: San Francisco, CA 94131
Neighborhood: Glen Park
Phone: 415.239.8500
Hours: M-Th 5pm-10pm; F-Sa 5pm-11pm; Su 4pm-10pm
Type of Establishment: Restaurant
Cafe Rating: 5.50
Barista: 5
Savvy: 4
Ambiance: 6
Presentation: 7
Consistency: Inconsistent
Espresso Machine: Elektra
Coffee Rating: 5.80
Aroma: 5
Body: 6
Brightness: 6
Crema: 6
Flavor: 6
Taster's Correction: 0.0
Size: XL
Primary Taste: Warming
Coffee Beans: Equator Estate Coffees
Cup Manufacturer: Tuxton
Price: $3.00
Last Update: 02/21/2012
First Reviewed: 02/16/2007
Notes: None

Review
A nicer neighborhood pizza place that is often packed with diners among several tables. Not so nice if you don't like noise and salty food. Cheap wines in true Italian 'wine glasses.' While the pizza is good, it's not worth the common 30-45-minute wait for a table on a Monday. They use a single-group, shiny chrome Elektra, often with the portafilter handle cooling in the drip tray before orders come in. They sometimes use coffee pre-ground from a tin. And you'll even find some staff frothing milk *after* pulling shots. When they opened, they used Peet's Coffee and deferred to the wiser choice of Cafe Bello's across the street when they ran out. But they've since settled on (the too often underwhelming) Equator Estate Coffees. Since the coffee switch, they pull espresso shots with a thinner, pale-to-medium brown crema: a step down from the mottled, lighter brown crema of moderate thickness they got from Bello beans. (But to prove their inconsistency, sometimes it comes out as a richer layer of medium brown stripes.) The pour has also run larger: watery, diluted milder spices accentuated with smokier elements and an occasionally ashy aroma. I'd say "hit or miss", but their hits aren't that good and their misses aren't that terrible. What was a very reasonable $1.50 is now into almost unjustified $3 territory.