|Two doors down from Perbacco, the owners opened up this downscale enoteca and small bites eatery in early 2010. For all the recession-era tactics of restauranteurs to expand into bargain brands, this place shows far more inventiveness and creativity than the tiresome gourmet burger or pizza joint. It's a long, narrow space, split in half by a long bar. Seating consists of long booth seating along the wall and designed-for-looks-and-not-comfort stools. Mirrors along the length of the restaurant give the impression of more space, if not also a fun house. Using Mr. Espresso beans and a Mr. Espresso-supplied Faema Granditalia superautomatic machine in the back, they pulled shots with a thinner layer of lighter brown crema that has recently become a darker, medium brown. It's a weaker cup than they offer at their big sister restaurant nearby, but it used to be much weaker. It has improved with a richer, more syrupy body and a smaller pour size in recent times. It also had a peppery bite to its flavor that carried too much of a bitter edge, but that since has mellowed out in a more classically European flavored espresso. Served in D&V TechnoCeram cups. Milk-frothing tends to be dry and a bit too ample.