Overall Rating: 6.950

Address: 1425 First St.
Cross Street(s): Btwn School & Franklin Sts.
City, State ZIP: Napa, CA 94559
Phone: 707.252.1022
Hours: Su-Th 5:30pm-9:30pm; F-Sa 5:30pm-10pm
Type of Establishment: Restaurant
Cafe Rating: 6.80
Barista: 7
Savvy: 7
Ambiance: 6
Presentation: 7
Consistency: N/A
Espresso Machine: Elektra
Coffee Rating: 7.10
Aroma: 7
Body: 8
Brightness: 7
Crema: 6
Flavor: 7
Taster's Correction: 0.5
Size: M
Primary Taste: Turpeny
Coffee Beans: Ritual Coffee Roasters
Cup Manufacturer: Steelite
Price: $3.00
Last Update: 04/25/2015
First Reviewed: 01/03/2015
Notes: None

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.