Trattoria Contadina

Overall Rating: 3.600

Address: 1800 Mason St.
Cross Street(s): Union St.
City, State ZIP: San Francisco, CA 94133
Neighborhood: North Beach
Phone: 415.982.5728
Hours: Su-Th 5:30pm-9:30pm; F-Sa 5:30pm-10pm
Type of Establishment: Restaurant
Cafe Rating: 4.20
Barista: 2
Savvy: 3
Ambiance: 4
Presentation: 8
Consistency: N/A
Espresso Machine: Astra
Coffee Rating: 3.00
Aroma: 4
Body: 3
Brightness: 2
Crema: 3
Flavor: 3
Taster's Correction: 0.0
Size: XL
Primary Taste: Warming
Coffee Beans: Caff´┐Ż Roma
Cup Manufacturer: Homer Laughlin
Price: $2.50
Last Update: 11/11/2006
First Reviewed: 11/11/2006
Notes: None

Busy, packed restaurant off the main North Beach drag - along the Mason St. cable car line. Using a puny two-group Astra at the bar (a machine so sad most places devote it only to milk frothing), they produce espresso with a pale white ring of crema. The resulting cup has a watery drip flavor and body, and it is served in tall & wide painted HLC cups. This is classically sad restaurant espresso - and even worse for an Italian restaurant that should know better.