Caffè Duomo

Overall Rating: 7.850

Address: Piazza Duomo, 15
Cross Street(s): Via Roma
City, State ZIP: Ravello, 84010
Neighborhood: Piazza Vescovado
Phone: 089.858315
Hours: Su-Sa 7am-11pm
Type of Establishment: Espresso Bar
Cafe Rating: 7.80
Barista: 8
Savvy: 8
Ambiance: 7
Presentation: 8
Consistency: Consistent
Espresso Machine: La San Marco
Coffee Rating: 7.90
Aroma: 7
Body: 8
Brightness: 8
Crema: 8
Flavor: 8
Taster's Correction: 0.5
Size: M
Primary Taste: Pungent
Coffee Beans: Qualeat
Cup Manufacturer: IPA
Price: $1.35
Last Update: 10/12/2013
First Reviewed: 10/06/2013
Notes: Outdoor Seating

For many years, this tiny doorway was once home to the Ravello post office in the heart of town. But in Spring 2011, owners Antonio Di Martino, the local restauranteur Rispoli family, and sommelier Angela Donatatonio opened it up as the new Caffè Duomo. It's now a somewhat cramped café: two small tables inside seat three. But it's the outside space in the main square under parasols that matters. It is popular with the locals and tourists alike: well-heeled locals stop here for a quick caffè, while enough tourists stop by for to-go cup lattes to justify a paper sign in English on bathroom use etiquette when the wedding season is high. Antonio is always about, and he's a great, friendly guy to get to know: regular customers get the warmest of greetings. Using a three-group manual lever La San Marco behind the small bar, they pull shots of Qualeat (from the Perrella brothers near Avellino) that are properly short, concentrated, and modestly fill a Duomo-logo regulation IPA tazzina. The crema is an even darker brown with some texture. Flavorwise, the shot is balanced, heavy on pungency, but yet not the typically heavy dark you get in much of Campania. Caffè Duomo is arguably the new gold standard in town for caffè and fresh cornetti. (Sorry, Caffè Calce.) An even ?1.