Caffè San Carlo

Overall Rating: 7.750

Address: Piazza San Carlo, 156
Cross Street(s): Via Santa Teresa
City, State ZIP: Torino, TO 10121
Phone: +39.011.532586
Hours: Su-Sa 8am-12am
Type of Establishment: Cafe
Cafe Rating: 8.50
Barista: 8
Savvy: 8
Ambiance: 9
Presentation: 9
Consistency: N/A
Espresso Machine: Faema
Coffee Rating: 7.00
Aroma: 6
Body: 7
Brightness: 7
Crema: 7
Flavor: 7
Taster's Correction: 1.0
Size: L
Primary Taste: Pungent
Coffee Beans: Lavazza
Cup Manufacturer: IPA
Price: $1.25
Last Update: 10/14/2007
First Reviewed: 10/14/2007
Notes: Outdoor Seating

There's so much competition on this piazza, it's a little surprising that the San Carlo holds its own. It's espresso may be weaker than its neighbor's, but they offer the best pastries and best milk-frothing for cappuccini on the square. It has the seating out front on the piazza and the decorative touches inside, with a small mirrored bar with a monstrous glass chandelier. In the morning, they lay out some of the best pastries in the area in the middle of the place. Using a four-group E92 Faema, they pull espresso shots with a thin layer of a lighter brown crema speckled with dark brown. The pour is relatively large for the area, and thus not very potent. Still, it's pretty good and comes with more of an herbal flavor of cloves and spice. Served in delicate IPA cups with their own logo. When it comes to cappuccini, there's no real latte art beyond a basic swirl. But their milk frothing and consistency in their cappuccini is perhaps the best on the square - earning them something of a bonus score. ?0.90.