|This old school, Calabrian-themed Italian pastry shop once had a touch for good espresso under its longtime ownership. The owner had been using Graffeo beans religiously since 1985. However, by 2006 they switched to Lavazza beans and began making inferior espresso (though the two aren't cause-and-effect). I've been unable to confirm with certainty, but this looks like another example of a sinking North Beach (forget Venice!): a likely ownership change as the old guard retires from the business. Mara's is a small space with many pastries in the window and counter. A few indoor caf� tables with some token outdoor seating. The new proprietors are a bit sloppy with the two-group Elektra Maxi here, and they seem not to really care about their espresso. Hence, this place has lost its authenticity. The resulting pour has a very thin, blonde crema and a weak body. (While the espresso had always been mild here, the crema was much thicker and the flavor was full: of spices and some sweeter notes.) Today, the flavor here is of the pedestrian variety of watery mild spices and pepper. Also gone are the Caf� New York-branded IPA cups in place of Lavazza-branded cups. The coffee and cannolis are still here, but the soul is gone.