Overall Rating: 5.600

NOTE: This location is CLOSED (no longer in business).

Address: 550 Green St.
Cross Street(s): Jasper St., E of Columbus Ave.
City, State ZIP: San Francisco, CA 94133
Neighborhood: North Beach
Phone: 415.433.4000
Hours: Su-Th 6pm-10pm; F-Sa 6pm-11pm
Type of Establishment: Restaurant
Cafe Rating: 6.80
Barista: 6
Savvy: 6
Ambiance: 7
Presentation: 8
Consistency: N/A
Espresso Machine: La San Marco
Coffee Rating: 4.40
Aroma: 4
Body: 3
Brightness: 4
Crema: 6
Flavor: 4
Taster's Correction: 1.0
Size: XL
Primary Taste: Warming
Coffee Beans: Graffeo
Cup Manufacturer: Nuova Point
Price: $2.75
Last Update: 09/22/2007
First Reviewed: 09/22/2007
Notes: Outdoor Seating

A nicer North Beach restaurant, complete with mirrors and glass layered with rice paper on a tight corner. There are several tables inside, a sizeable bar, and a few sidewalk tables in front. Using a two-group La San Marco at the end of the wine bar they pull espresso shots to the rim of their baby blue Nuova Point cups. It smells, and tastes, rather watery and thin because of the size of the pull. It comes with a light brown, thin crema. And while the barista/staff here pays attention to detail in grinding to order and pre-steaming cups, the result has a watered-down flavor of an over-roasted, somewhat ashy bitterness. There's even a bit of coffee ground grit at the bottom of the cup. They aren't bad at milk frothing, however, and make a better macchiato (to hide some of the defects with their espresso). Yet they serve it with raw sugar on the side, which doesn't dissolve. [CLOSED: Replaced by Vicoletto.]