Gelateria Naia

Overall Rating: 2.750

Address: 451 Castro St.
Cross Street(s): Btwn 17th & 18th Sts.
City, State ZIP: San Francisco, CA 94114
Neighborhood: Castro
Phone: 415.864.6670
Hours: Su-Th 12pm-11pm; F-Sa 12pm-12am
Type of Establishment: Ice cream shop (Chain)
Cafe Rating: 2.50
Barista: 2
Savvy: 3
Ambiance: 3
Presentation: 2
Consistency: N/A
Espresso Machine: La Spaziale
Coffee Rating: 3.00
Aroma: 3
Body: 3
Brightness: 4
Crema: 2
Flavor: 3
Taster's Correction: 0.0
Size: L
Primary Taste: Warming
Coffee Beans: Mr. Espresso
Cup Manufacturer: Paper
Price: $1.50
Last Update: 12/01/2007
First Reviewed: 12/01/2007
Notes: Outdoor Seating

Bay Area gelateria was formed by gelato enthusiasts, but this reviewer, fresh from a return trip from Torino, Italy, feels they missed the mark on the potential. Retail space with minimalist seating available as three stools with a metal counterspace located in a covered, sidewalk patio in front. Using a very small two-group Mr. Espresso-labelled machine at the register, they pull large shots with a minimalist layer of pale white crema. Watery with a flavor of mild spices. Served in Mr. Espresso logo paper cups. At least their gelato is better than their pointless espresso.