Overall Rating: 6.700

Address: 777 Bridgeway
Cross Street(s): El Monte Ln., at the Casa Madrona Hotel
City, State ZIP: Sausalito, CA 94965
Phone: 415.332.7771
Hours: Su-Th 6:30am-10pm; F-Sa 6:30am-11pm
Type of Establishment: Restaurant
Cafe Rating: 6.80
Barista: 6
Savvy: 6
Ambiance: 7
Presentation: 8
Consistency: Inconsistent
Espresso Machine: Faema
Coffee Rating: 6.60
Aroma: 6
Body: 6
Brightness: 6
Crema: 7
Flavor: 7
Taster's Correction: 1.0
Size: L
Primary Taste: Warming
Coffee Beans: Mr. Espresso
Cup Manufacturer: Nuova Point
Price: $2.50
Last Update: 05/07/2011
First Reviewed: 01/16/2010
Notes: None

This restaurant is a large, classy Italian place in touristy Sausalito, founded by the same guy behind the original Il Fornaio chain. It has curved ceilings and detailing of dark wood and white paint. Spot flourescent lighting, an Italian-themed food and wine menu, and one of the few places in town that is busy late. Using a three-group Faema E91 Ambassador at the bar, they once pulled espresso shots with a pale whisp of a light brown crema served on a larger pour in classic brown Nuova Point cups. However, our more recent visits noted a much better quality shot. The barista tends to pre-ground in batch, and the size of the pour might result in a cup with a consistency and flavor of filter drip coffee rather than espresso: diluted mild spice and pepper. While it has been watered down and highly disappointing in the past, it's also come with a more textured crema, a still relatively thin body, but a more espresso-like flavor. Erratic.