Overall Rating: 6.200

Address: 1722 Sacramento St.
Cross Street(s): Btwn Polk St. & Van Ness Ave.
City, State ZIP: San Francisco, CA 94109
Neighborhood: Nob Hill
Phone: 415.567.5432
Hours: Tu-Su 5:30pm-10:30pm
Type of Establishment: Restaurant
Cafe Rating: 6.20
Barista: 6
Savvy: 6
Ambiance: 6
Presentation: 7
Consistency: N/A
Espresso Machine: La Spaziale
Coffee Rating: 6.20
Aroma: 6
Body: 6
Brightness: 7
Crema: 5
Flavor: 7
Taster's Correction: 0.0
Size: M
Primary Taste: Pungent
Coffee Beans: Mokarabia
Cup Manufacturer: Oneida
Price: $3.00
Last Update: 04/01/2006
First Reviewed: 04/01/2006
Notes: None

Located in a former church, this understated restaurant from the outside is considered to be a little dated on the inside. But then some people want their restaurants to never look older than three-year-old remodel. The Wine Spectator dared to call this the second best of the top 10 Italian restaurants in the country. It's a bit extreme, but it's still a great place. (One of co-owners, Giancarlo Paterlini, is a renowned Italian wine expert in the U.S.) Using a two-group La Spaziale and Mokarabia beans, they serve espresso with a thin, medium brown crema in Oneida cups ("by Noritake"). It has a mostly pungent, herbal flavor and isn't half-bad by restaurant standards.