Il Piccolo Caffé

Overall Rating: 6.300

Address: 1219 Broadway
Cross Street(s): Btwn Paloma & Laguna Aves.
City, State ZIP: Burlingame, CA 94010
Phone: 650.348.4147
Hours: M-F 5am-6:30pm; Sa 5:30am-6:30pm; Su 6am-5:30pm
Type of Establishment: Espresso Bar
Cafe Rating: 6.80
Barista: 6
Savvy: 7
Ambiance: 7
Presentation: 7
Consistency: N/A
Espresso Machine: La San Marco
Coffee Rating: 5.80
Aroma: 6
Body: 5
Brightness: 6
Crema: 6
Flavor: 6
Taster's Correction: 0.0
Size: M
Primary Taste: Warming
Coffee Beans: Peter James Coffee
Cup Manufacturer: ACF
Price: $1.65
Last Update: 03/29/2009
First Reviewed: 03/29/2009
Notes: Coffee Sales; Outdoor Seating

This neighborhood café has been in operation since 1990 and has survived despite Starbucks moving across the street in 2004. It has a bit of character as an Italian-themed place for locals, with outdoor sidewalk seating in front and some bench seating at the separate entrance along the side of the building. The front windows are large and let in a lot of light - in contrast with the darker interior of darker wood tables and chairs, classic art posters of Italian villages, and stained glass. Despite jazz music on the radio, it's a relatively quiet place - with a faux wood stove in the back. They get their coffee from Peter James and sell it retail - also offering custom blends. Using an old, three-group La San Marco, they do not grind to order - pulling shots with a swirling, relatively thin, medium brown crema. The flavor is rather flat: a plain mix of mild spices and little much else to note. This is a little surprising, given that it is a modestly short shot in a classic brown ACF cup for doppio shots. While this location has garnered a lot of local support, the espresso isn't all that much better than the Starbucks across the street.