Caffè Calce

Overall Rating: 7.350

Address: Via Roma, 2
Cross Street(s): Piazza Duomo
City, State ZIP: Ravello, 84010
Neighborhood: Piazza Vescovado
Phone: +39.089.857152
Hours: Su-Sa 8am-12am
Type of Establishment: Espresso Bar (Chain)
Cafe Rating: 7.00
Barista: 7
Savvy: 7
Ambiance: 7
Presentation: 7
Consistency: Consistent
Espresso Machine: La Cimbali
Coffee Rating: 7.70
Aroma: 7
Body: 8
Brightness: 8
Crema: 7
Flavor: 8
Taster's Correction: 0.5
Size: M
Primary Taste: Pungent
Coffee Beans: Caffè Toraldo
Cup Manufacturer: Güral Porselen
Price: $1.00
Last Update: 10/07/2013
First Reviewed: 10/05/2013
Notes: Outdoor Seating

This café is located conviently in the corner of Ravello's Piazza Vescovado (Duomo). We first visited here in 2002 - and even shared the space with a visiting Woody Harrelson and his family at the time. Fast forward to 2013, and not only is Woody gone, but so is their once commanding presence as one of the gold standard in town to get an espresso and a cornetto. Which isn't to say they haven't been successful: they've expanded with a restaurant at the nearby Giardini Caffè Calce and even opened a sister location as Caffè Calce 2 at Via Boccaccio, 11. Yet perhaps because of their growth, the local competition has clearly edged a leg up on them. That said, they still make a fine stop - earning 1(/3) chiccho and 1(/3) tazzina as the only Ravello café listed in the 2014 Gambero Rosso Bar d'Italia. It's a sizable space with ample display counters devoted to the various pastries that come out throughout the day. Towards the back are a couple of levels of café table seating, which are great for catching late Sunday night soccer matches and sipping a fine grappa for a mere ?6. Behind the bar is a three-group La Cimbali M39 Classic. Using it and their Caffè Toraldo coffee, they pull shots with a modestly decent-looking crema that occasionally comes with a heat spot and some larger bubbles. They serve the shot short, despite their wider-mouthed Güral Porselen cups from Turkey. It has a typical Caffè Toraldo pungent flavor of potent herbs and some spice. A round ?1.