Cinecitt� 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 caf� tables indoors and counter seating at the bar/pizza ovens. There's also limited sidewalk seating out front. The d�cor 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.