L'Osteria del Forno

Overall Rating: 4.550

Address: 519 Columbus Ave.
Cross Street(s): Green St.
City, State ZIP: San Francisco, CA 94133
Neighborhood: North Beach
Phone: 415.982.1124
Hours: M, W-Th 11:30am-10pm; F-Sa 11:30am-10:30pm; Su 11:30am-10pm
Type of Establishment: Restaurant
Cafe Rating: 5.50
Barista: 3
Savvy: 4
Ambiance: 7
Presentation: 8
Consistency: N/A
Espresso Machine: La Spaziale
Coffee Rating: 3.60
Aroma: 3
Body: 4
Brightness: 4
Crema: 3
Flavor: 4
Taster's Correction: 0.0
Size: L
Primary Taste: Warming
Coffee Beans: Lavazza
Cup Manufacturer: Le Porcellane d'ANCAP
Price: $2.00
Last Update: 09/22/2006
First Reviewed: 09/22/2006
Notes: None

Classically cramped North Beach restaurant that's plastered with tourist book endorsements on the front windows - and with good reason. The food is relatively inexpensive, the pasta is very fresh, and there's a good Italian wine selection. However, their espresso needs help. They use a single-group La Spaziale to serve espresso with a faint ring of pale-to-medium-brown crema in Lavazza-branded cups. It's served rather full in the cup and this has a diluted flavor of spice and pepper. Served with two biscotti on the side. Cash only. One plus: they do serve mirto (a digestivo) - which is a rare find even in North Beach.