|One of 18 bars in all of Italy singled out for their café excellence by Gambero Rosso, this small corner establishment near downtown Bra - with its turn-of-the-19th-century looks - can be easy to miss. It's not a very large space, and a third of it is dedicated to its excellent pastries and sweets. But in back there's a cozy mirrored coffee bar with several tables and dark wood. Using a three-group Leva 3 manual La San Marco, the barista (often a woman here) pulls espresso shots with a medium brown, even, full crema of good texture and thickness. It has a complex herbal flavor - cloves, etc. - that is quite unusual for Illy beans. There can be a slight sourness, not unpleasant, to the cup at times. Served in Illy logo IPA cups. Pricey at ?1.20.