North Beach Restaurant

Overall Rating: 5.700

Address: 1512 Stockton St.
Cross Street(s): Columbus Ave.
City, State ZIP: San Francisco, CA 94133
Neighborhood: North Beach
Phone: 415.392.1700
Hours: Su-Sa 11:30am-11:45pm
Type of Establishment: Restaurant
Cafe Rating: 5.80
Barista: 4
Savvy: 6
Ambiance: 6
Presentation: 7
Consistency: N/A
Espresso Machine: Elektra
Coffee Rating: 5.60
Aroma: 7
Body: 5
Brightness: 6
Crema: 4
Flavor: 6
Taster's Correction: 0.0
Size: L
Primary Taste: Warming
Coffee Beans: Graffeo
Cup Manufacturer: Homer Laughlin
Price: $3.50
Last Update: 09/15/2006
First Reviewed: 09/15/2006
Notes: None

The old school waiters here give this Italian restaurant a level of class that's hard to find in this restaurant-laden city. You expect something typically touristy and mediocre given the name, but this is a pretty good restaurant. I've sat behind then-Mayor Willie Brown over a meal here before, and in front they have the largest bottle of Nonino Picolit grappa I have seen in my life (it easy must cost thousands of dollars) - so it's no dump. But if only the espresso were that good. Inside this spacious place, they pull espresso shots from a two-group Elektra Maxi at the bar. The resulting cup is served with a lemon wedge (why?!), a thin medium brown crema, and with a bit of grit at the bottom. It has a peppery flavor with a slight bitter edge to it.