Andrea Pansa

Overall Rating: 7.950


Address: Piazza Duomo, 40
Cross Street(s): Corso Roma
City, State ZIP: Amalfi, 84011
Neighborhood: Piazza Duomo
Phone: +39.089.871065
Hours: Su-Sa 8:30am-9:30pm
Type of Establishment: Confectioner
Cafe Rating: 8.00
Barista: 8
Savvy: 8
Ambiance: 8
Presentation: 8
Consistency: N/A
Espresso Machine: GIME SpA
Coffee Rating: 7.90
Aroma: 8
Body: 7
Brightness: 8
Crema: 8
Flavor: 8
Taster's Correction: 0.5
Size: M
Primary Taste: Warming
Coffee Beans: Torrefazione Portioli
Cup Manufacturer: IPA
Price: $1.10
Last Update: 10/07/2013
First Reviewed: 10/07/2013
Notes: Outdoor Seating

Review
This café first opened in 1830 and thus is quite legendary on Italy's Amalfi Coast. It's known primarily for its chocolate (there are many resellers who use the Pansa name in town on their storefronts) and its confections. Located right on the most popular public square in town, it attracts a lot of foot-traffic plus tourists/locals who lounge on the café tables beneath the sun umbrellas out front. (They sell a lot of tourist-friendly lemoncello as well.) The reputation here isn't unfounded. The 2014 Gambero Rosso Bar d'Italia awarded it 3 tazzine and 2 chicchi - making it one of their most exceptional coffee bars in the Campania region. Yet despite the obvious signs of entitlement, the staff here are exceptionally friendly and engaging. Among the towns and cities of Campania, Amalfi is one of the few outposts for Portioli coffee from up north - and Pansa makes the most of it. They use a three-group GIMA Sinfonia (from Portioli's espresso machine arm) to pull shots with a medium brown, even crema. The shot is balanced - and brighter and not as dark or pungent as most in the region. Perhaps owing to its northern Italian blends.The flavor is weighted more towards spices and light pepper. Cheap at a mere ?0.80.