Ciao Bella Gelato Company

Overall Rating: 4.200

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

Address: 683 Harrison St.
Cross Street(s): 3rd St.
City, State ZIP: San Francisco, CA 94107
Neighborhood: SOMA
Phone: 415.541.4940
Hours: M-F 11am-4pm
Type of Establishment: Ice cream shop
Cafe Rating: 3.80
Barista: 4
Savvy: 4
Ambiance: 5
Presentation: 2
Consistency: Inconsistent
Espresso Machine: UNIC
Coffee Rating: 4.60
Aroma: 5
Body: 6
Brightness: 3
Crema: 4
Flavor: 5
Taster's Correction: 0.0
Size: L
Primary Taste: Pungent
Coffee Beans: Illy
Cup Manufacturer: Paper
Price: $1.95
Last Update: 08/08/2003
First Reviewed: 08/08/2003
Notes: Temperature Control Problems; Outdoor Seating

Front café to the gelato factory in back since 1995. Another café in the remodeled SF Ferry Bldg is scheduled for late 2003. Bright colors inside and out - including the fruity mural outside. Gelato, panini, smoothies, and overpriced espresso. With a server who looks like a stunt double for the movie "Dumb & Dumber." Sidewalk bench seating and three small indoor tables. They're big on Illy branding - down to the cans for sugar and stirrers. But they keep the good Illy cups for display only and have only a single-group UNIC Torino machine. Espresso is served lukewarm with some thin, pale crema coverage and a very meek herbal flavor. There is also some spice in the flavor, but it has a pretty narrow spectrum. No where near the quality of the gelato. [CLOSED - Now Besos Foods. Then What's Up Dog. Ferry Building only.]