Il Cantuccio

Overall Rating: 6.850

Address: 3228 16th St.
Cross Street(s): Btwn. Guerrero & Dolores Sts.
City, State ZIP: San Francisco, CA 94103
Neighborhood: Mission
Phone: 415.861.3899
Hours: Su-Th 5:30pm-10pm; F-Sa 5:30pm-10:30pm
Type of Establishment: Restaurant
Cafe Rating: 7.20
Barista: 7
Savvy: 7
Ambiance: 7
Presentation: 8
Consistency: N/A
Espresso Machine: Elektra
Coffee Rating: 6.50
Aroma: 8
Body: 6
Brightness: 7
Crema: 6
Flavor: 6
Taster's Correction: -0.5
Size: M
Primary Taste: Smoky
Coffee Beans: Miscela D'oro
Cup Manufacturer: ACF
Price: $3.00
Last Update: 01/28/2006
First Reviewed: 01/28/2006
Notes: None

This homey, unpretentious restaurant in the Mission offers a lot of great staples for a good Florentine meal. (Though you might be surprised by the gummi bears served with every check.) With a single-group Elektra machine at the bar, they use Miscela D'oro beans to pull shots of espresso in Miscela D'oro-logo ACF cups. It has a medium-to-dark brown crema, but only a ring with a bald spot in the middle (common for packaged/shipped coffee with some age to it). And despite its weaker body, it has a full aroma and a notable taste of tobacco. A decent effort for restaurant espresso where the beans aren't very fresh.