Al San Domingo

Overall Rating: 7.400

Address: Piazza Duomo, 2
Cross Street(s): Via dei Rufolo
City, State ZIP: Ravello, 84010
Neighborhood: Piazza Duomo
Phone: +39.089.857142
Hours: Su-Sa 7am-10pm
Type of Establishment: Cafe
Cafe Rating: 7.20
Barista: 7
Savvy: 8
Ambiance: 7
Presentation: 7
Consistency: N/A
Espresso Machine: La Cimbali
Coffee Rating: 7.60
Aroma: 7
Body: 8
Brightness: 8
Crema: 7
Flavor: 8
Taster's Correction: 0.0
Size: M
Primary Taste: Warming
Coffee Beans: Cafè Sombrero
Cup Manufacturer: Thomas
Price: $1.35
Last Update: 10/08/2013
First Reviewed: 10/08/2013
Notes: Outdoor Seating

This bar/café on the main Piazza Vescovado is something of a local Ravello institution. Founded as a family business in 1929, it is now in the hands of three Schiavo brothers who are part of the next generation. Its name was inspired by a Neapolitan coffee roaster. Gore Vidal reportedly loved to hang out here near its glass entrance, chatting up with a visiting Sting or Bruce Springsteen over a Chivas Regal. There are also classic photos of Jackie Kennedy hanging out with the suave Gianni Agnelli here in the summer of 1962. Meetings with Mr. Agnelli could be a little tense, as the lawyer and head of FIAT was also something of the patron saint of the Torino-based football club, Juventus FC -- the cross-town bitter rival of Torino FC, beloved by the Schiavo family. (There are even banners inside expressing their devotion to this day.) The café itself seems to have evolved and grown in distinct stages (they were closed and covered with scaffolding for renovations from 2010-2013). In front there are awnings and seats in the main piazza. Inside there are several tables and a service area, and off to one side it expands into a café space next door (Humphrey's Room) that looks like a glass greenhouse. Besides serving Chivas Regal, a lot of good gelato, and lunch items, their coffee service uses a three-group La Cimbali M39 and coffee from Cafè Sombrero in nearby Vietri sul Mare. It comes with a mottled medium brown crema and tastes of a milder blend of spices. Served in larger, patterned Thomas cups. Maybe not legendary espresso, but it's still good. ?1.