Taste of Rome

Overall Rating: 7.250

Address: 1000 Bridgeway
Cross Street(s): Ensign St.
City, State ZIP: Sausalito, CA 94965
Phone: 415.332.7660
Hours: M-Th 6:30am-10pm; F-Sa 6:30am-12am; Su 7am-11pm
Type of Establishment: Cafe (Chain)
Cafe Rating: 7.20
Barista: 7
Savvy: 7
Ambiance: 8
Presentation: 7
Consistency: N/A
Espresso Machine: Conti
Coffee Rating: 7.30
Aroma: 7
Body: 7
Brightness: 7
Crema: 7
Flavor: 7
Taster's Correction: 1.5
Size: L
Primary Taste: Smoky
Coffee Beans: Taste of Rome
Cup Manufacturer: Tuxton
Price: $1.75
Last Update: 01/01/2010
First Reviewed: 01/01/2010
Notes: Coffee Sales; Outdoor Seating

This Sausalito location of a two-café chain in Marin (the other location is in San Rafael) looks almost identical to the Caffé Trieste that once stood at this exact same location before the ownership changed. Any ownership change came from an insider to Caffé Trieste, as it's more than just the outdoor signage that looks like someone painted over the "Trieste" name: inside the décor, the roasted coffee, and the espresso served here reminds us heavily of the former tenant. Italian tourists seem to like it here as well. Inside there are a number of wooden tables packed in a rectangular space with a number of outdoor café tables lining the street corner sidewalks. While they are heavy on the food service here, their slogan is "The Best Coffee and Pasta in Marin". They roast their own, and using a three-group Conti at the bar they pull shots with a swirling medium brown crema. The shot is a little large, but the resulting cup is smooth and not lacking any potency. It even tastes of that classic Caffé-Trieste-like edge of smooth tobacco and smokiness. Served in a chipped Tuxton espresso cup with saucer.