Dolce & Salato Bar Italiano

Overall Rating: 7.000

Address: 3613 Sacramento St.
Cross Street(s): Locust St.
City, State ZIP: San Francisco, CA 94118
Neighborhood: Laurel Heights
Phone: 415.567.8640
Hours: M-F 7am-4:30pm; Sa 8am-3pm
Type of Establishment: Cafe
Cafe Rating: 7.20
Barista: 7
Savvy: 7
Ambiance: 7
Presentation: 8
Consistency: N/A
Espresso Machine: La Carimali
Coffee Rating: 6.80
Aroma: 7
Body: 7
Brightness: 6
Crema: 7
Flavor: 7
Taster's Correction: 0.0
Size: M
Primary Taste: Warming
Coffee Beans: Ritual Coffee Roasters
Cup Manufacturer: Nuova Point
Price: $1.85
Last Update: 02/08/2010
First Reviewed: 02/08/2010
Notes: Coffee Sales

Formerly Beyond Expectations Caf´┐Ż, this is a longer space with limited window seating in front and a casual space in back that looks like someone's rented apartment living room. They play up the Italian theme here, despite using and selling Ritual Roasters Coffee: they offer Italian pastries, imported confections, and even Italian music. (Plus salads and panini on the menu.) Using a rather battle-worn two-group La Carimali, they pull shots (Ritual's Evil Twin espresso blend) with a mottled, congealed light and medium brown crema. The shot is properly short and served in classic brown Nuova Point cups. Yet the resulting cup lacks any real brightness or potency that you'd come to expect given everything else. For Ritual service, something is missing here. It's a good cup, with notes of mild pepper and some herbal pungency, but it could be much better.