Puccini & Pinetti

Overall Rating: 6.800

Address: 129 Ellis St.
Cross Street(s): Cyril Magnin St.
City, State ZIP: San Francisco, CA 94102
Neighborhood: Union Square
Phone: 415.392.5500
Hours: M-Th 11:30am-10pm; F-Sa 11:30am-11pm; Su 4pm-10pm
Type of Establishment: Restaurant
Cafe Rating: 6.50
Barista: 6
Savvy: 7
Ambiance: 6
Presentation: 7
Consistency: N/A
Espresso Machine: La Pavoni
Coffee Rating: 7.10
Aroma: 6
Body: 8
Brightness: 7
Crema: 7
Flavor: 7
Taster's Correction: 0.5
Size: M
Primary Taste: Pungent
Coffee Beans: Equator Estate Coffees
Cup Manufacturer: Tuxton
Price: $2.25
Last Update: 02/02/2004
First Reviewed: 02/02/2004
Notes: None

Average Union Square restaurant sports a suburban mall's vision of Italian dining. Festive "Italianate" interior with a long bar and plenty of window seating. Despite staff that leave their portafilter handles cooling on the drip tray and serve espresso with a lemon rind, their espresso is quite good for restaurant standards. Served as an appropriately short cup, it has a good layer of creamy, medium brown crema. Black and with a good, thick body. Pungent flavor of cloves, tobacco, some smoke, but no ashiness.