Overall Rating: 7.300

Address: 337 Third St.
Cross Street(s): Folsom St.
City, State ZIP: San Francisco, CA 94107
Neighborhood: SOMA
Phone: 415.512.1693
Hours: M-F 11:30am-2:30pm; M-Th 6pm-10pm; F-Sa 6pm-10:30pm
Type of Establishment: Restaurant
Cafe Rating: 7.50
Barista: 7
Savvy: 7
Ambiance: 8
Presentation: 8
Consistency: Inconsistent
Espresso Machine: Promac
Coffee Rating: 7.10
Aroma: 7
Body: 7
Brightness: 7
Crema: 7
Flavor: 7
Taster's Correction: 0.5
Size: L
Primary Taste: Warming
Coffee Beans: Lavazza
Cup Manufacturer: Le Porcellane d'ANCAP
Price: $2.50
Last Update: 05/04/2010
First Reviewed: 05/09/2003
Notes: Outdoor Seating

Once among the better SF restaurant espressos, even if it didn't venture far from well-prepared Lavazza Super Crema beans: decent crema. They can run from slacking off a bit to standards that are as good as ever. Generally speaking, they serve an espresso with a richer, more complex flavor, all done efficiently and with little self-awareness. Florentine owner, Massimo, and his (mostly) Florentine staff have established a friendly European restaurant out of place with the nearby Moscone Center (wish Massimo a "buon compleano" on June 28). Sidewalk seating (though they need to bring their parasols back). Sponge-painted walls and many small tables. In recent years they replaced their two-group UNIC Torino (usually) with a two-group Promac with little change in the resulting shot. They generally produce a decent layer of medium brown crema. Herbal flavor with a sweet edge: some smoke and honey-like elements. Served in designer Illy IPA or Lavazza-branded Le Porcellane d'ANCAP cups. Also one of the few SF restaurants that make latte art: the milk frothing can be pretty good. It can vary a little in pour size, crema, body, and flavor, resulting in its 'inconsistent' rating.