|The owner of Alma restaurant, which stood on this spot until the summer of 2005, packed his bags for the snowboard and restaurant life in Tahoe City. In its place came this good French bistro - authentic down to the French speaking staff. They use a two-group Essika Sk2 at the bar and pre-ground Moschetti beans - each unusual enough on its own. They pull espresso shots with a thin layer of lighter brown crema that typically opens a hole in the middle. Despite this, the cup has a fuller body for restaurant (let alone a French one). With a pungent, herbal flavor of cloves and other spices. It's a far cry from Ritual Roasters up the street, but then what isn't?