Steps of Rome

Overall Rating: 6.800

NOTE: This location is CLOSED (no longer in business).

Address: 348 Columbus Ave.
Cross Street(s): Grant Ave.
City, State ZIP: San Francisco, CA 94133
Neighborhood: North Beach
Phone: 415.397.0435
Hours: M-Su 8:30am-3am
Type of Establishment: Cafe
Cafe Rating: 7.00
Barista: 6
Savvy: 6
Ambiance: 8
Presentation: 8
Consistency: Consistent
Espresso Machine: La Spaziale
Coffee Rating: 6.60
Aroma: 6
Body: 7
Brightness: 7
Crema: 6
Flavor: 7
Taster's Correction: 0.0
Size: M
Primary Taste: Pungent
Coffee Beans: Miscela D'oro
Cup Manufacturer: ACF
Price: $2.00
Last Update: 06/09/2006
First Reviewed: 07/18/2003
Notes: Outdoor Seating

Younger North Beach hangout speaks much Italian and shows the "calcio" (soccer) games on Italian RAI TV (even if most of the staff would rather air infomercials). Several customers will be reading Italian newspapers at any given time. Italian pop music plays in the background. The walls are decorated with humorous black & white glamour photos of espresso-drinking models. Many tables - indoor and out on the Columbus Ave. & Grant St. sidewalks. They serve pre-packaged Miscela d'Oro GranCrema coffee from a three-group La Spaziale. Their espresso has a thinner, blond-to-nutmeg-colored crema (it varies) and a clove-like flavor with smoke, occasional sweetness, and no bitterness. "San Francisco" magazine crowned their espresso as the best in the city in an August 2002 cover story, which is a perplexing exaggeration. Yet they do make a good cup. Served in ACF cups branded with their lipstick logo. [CLOSED as of Dec 2012.]