Gran Caffè Cimmino

Overall Rating: 7.900

Address: Via Gaetano Filamgieri, 12/13
Cross Street(s): Vico II Alabardieri, in Piazza Giulio Rodinò
City, State ZIP: Napoli, 80121
Neighborhood: Chiaia
Phone: +39.081.418303
Hours: Su-Sa 7am-12am
Type of Establishment: Espresso Bar (Chain)
Cafe Rating: 8.00
Barista: 8
Savvy: 8
Ambiance: 8
Presentation: 8
Consistency: N/A
Espresso Machine: La San Marco
Coffee Rating: 7.80
Aroma: 7
Body: 8
Brightness: 8
Crema: 8
Flavor: 8
Taster's Correction: 0.0
Size: M
Primary Taste: Warming
Coffee Beans: Italmoka
Cup Manufacturer: Manifattura Porcellana Alberghiera Napoletana (M.P.A.N.)
Price: $1.20
Last Update: 10/15/2013
First Reviewed: 10/15/2013
Notes: Outdoor Seating

This grand café, and it most certainly is, is regarded by many as one of the best places in all of Napoli to get an espresso - if not the best place. The Gambero Rosso Bar d'Itlia thought so in 2005 - rating it the best in the city for both coffee and the café itself: i.e., three chicchi and three tazzine. (By 2007, they dropped their café rating a touch (two tazzine), where it has remained since. Before then, they dominated the local Bar d'Italia ratings.) This location resides in the heart of Napoli's fashionable shopping in the Chiaia district. (The mothership grand café still resides well out in the Posillipo neighborhood.) As a true "gran caffè", they offer full bar service, amazing pastries (they even have an "artisan pastry lab" in Posillipo), and other quality edibles short of a full restaurant. Here there's plenty of outdoor seating for people-watching on the fashionable Piazza Giulio Rodinò under insanely large parasols. Using a four-group La San Marco lever machine at the inside bar and wood-roasted Italmoka coffee from Napoli, they pull shots with an even medium-brown crema. The flavor is of milder spices, and we found it to be surprisingly tepid and mild for what's considered a Neapolitan classic: it tastes more of Milan than Naples. It's likely due to their reliance on 100% Arabica blends with no robusta, as one of their brother co-owners - Antonio Fantini - worked Caffè Mexico at Via Scarlatti since 1948 using only Arabica blends. Given the price of everything that surrounds it, it's ridiculously cheap at ?0.90 at the bar. The 2014 Bar d'Italia calls out their cappuccino, calling their milk-frothing particularly dense and consistent (it is). They are also known as a cult location for their caffè shakerato.