|This Italian restaurant is recessed a bit in a corner square near the newer downtown hotel district. The food is supposedly "Southern Italian", but it's solidly good no matter what you call it. There a numerous dining tables and chairs, a full bar, and lots of glass windows facing First St. and a shared inside courtyard. They originally used a red, two-group Elektra Maxi at the bar, pulling shots of Ritual Coffee. Now they serve Mr. Espresso from a classic two-group E61 Faema.
It still comes with a medium brown, even crema - but a scanner layer that's now more congealed. It's a potent enough shot despite the scantily-clad crema. A decent body, far less brightness now with notes of pungency, malt, and some dark chocolate. Its darker appearance seems almost as if it could bend light, but that could be the lack of lighting inside. Overall a once decent restaurant espresso with Ritual that lost a step with the Mr. Espresso and machine switch. Served in Steelite cups of dubious pedigree: they look chintzier than they are. They even offer Gibraltars on the menu.