Cafè Amadeus

Overall Rating: 8.050

Address: Piazza Amedeo, 5
Cross Street(s): Via Vittoria Colonna & Via Giuseppe Martucci
City, State ZIP: Napoli, 80121
Neighborhood: Chiaia
Phone: +39.081.7613023
Hours: Su-Sa 7am-1:30am
Type of Establishment: Espresso Bar
Cafe Rating: 8.20
Barista: 8
Savvy: 8
Ambiance: 9
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: Caffè Seddio
Cup Manufacturer: IPA
Price: $1.35
Last Update: 10/16/2013
First Reviewed: 10/16/2013
Notes: Outdoor Seating

Called Cafè Amadeus on the front door though often referred to as "Caffè Amadeus", this popular neighborhood Napoli café along the busy Piazza Amedeo (and its nearby metro station) caters to many locals without leaning too heavily towards the more upscale institutions up the Chiaia district. This makes it a more "casual" (by Italian standards) and family-friendly environment. They have seating up an interior staircase and plenty of Parisian-styled outdoor seating along the sidewalk under a canopy along Piazza Amedeo. Behind glass windows for street watching, they're open late at night and even operate as a sort of local Denny's: catering to teens socializing late to the sounds of Italian pop music videos. They also offer various edibles, like an Italian diner, plus the usual bar drinks (including Nonino grappe). Using a four-group lever La San Marco machine (the local machine of choice) under heavy use with its Mazzer grinder in the corner and Caffè Seddio beans, they pull two-sip-short shots that are strongly pungent, served somewhat hot, and come with a darker brown, even crema that can sometimes be textured with a medium brown swirl. They shots can vary a little along with their body at times. We ordered the "Normale" or "amaro" espresso on the menu for our rating purposes. But they also have amazing milk-frothing that comes out like a soft whipped cream. They are also the only place in all of Campania we've seen produce latte art, which is generally frowned upon in the area as too frilly and superfluous (think "playing with your food"). A respectable ?1 at the bar.