Bistro Don Giovanni

Overall Rating: 6.450

Address: 4110 Howard Lane
Cross Street(s): Hwy 29
City, State ZIP: Napa, CA 94558
Phone: 707.224.3300
Hours: Su-Th 11:30am-10pm; F-Sa 11:30am-11pm
Type of Establishment: Restaurant
Cafe Rating: 7.00
Barista: 5
Savvy: 6
Ambiance: 9
Presentation: 8
Consistency: Inconsistent
Espresso Machine: UNIC
Coffee Rating: 5.90
Aroma: 7
Body: 5
Brightness: 6
Crema: 5
Flavor: 7
Taster's Correction: -0.5
Size: M
Primary Taste: Warming
Coffee Beans: Illy
Cup Manufacturer: IPA
Price: $4.00
Last Update: 09/24/2011
First Reviewed: 05/11/2003
Notes: Outdoor Seating

This grander Italian-themed restaurant along Napa's Highway 29 boasts a great garden with fountains, water sculptures, and Napa Valley views on the back patio. Inside there is plenty of seating but it can be very busy and loud. When we first reviewed the espresso here, it was inexcusably bad. They mangled Caffé Roma coffee to produce an espresso with little flavor and a thin body. Now they use a two-group UNIC at the bar and have since switched to big cans of Illy beans. (Even if their Peerless Coffee sugar packages give away some of their bad decisions of the past.) They serve espresso with a thin medium brown crema and a meringue on the side of their Illy designer series cups. It has the standard Illy flavor of mild spice and some wood. Years later, however, the espresso here remains ridiculously overpriced: $3 in 2003 and $5.75 for a doppio in 2011.