Bar Pasticceria Calise

Overall Rating: 8.050

Address: Via Antonio Sogliuzzo, 69
Cross Street(s): Btwn Via Francesco Sogliuzzo & Via Edgardo Cortese
City, State ZIP: Ischia Porto, 80070
Neighborhood: Ischia Porto
Phone: +39.081.991270
Hours: Su-Sa 7am-1am
Type of Establishment: Cafe (Chain)
Cafe Rating: 8.20
Barista: 8
Savvy: 8
Ambiance: 9
Presentation: 8
Consistency: Consistent
Espresso Machine: La Cimbali
Coffee Rating: 7.90
Aroma: 7
Body: 8
Brightness: 8
Crema: 8
Flavor: 8
Taster's Correction: 0.5
Size: M
Primary Taste: Smoky
Coffee Beans: S. Passalacqua, S.p.A.
Cup Manufacturer: Porland Porselen
Price: $1.35
Last Update: 10/14/2013
First Reviewed: 10/13/2013
Notes: Outdoor Seating

This massive café resides along a more suburban-looking stretch of Ischia's Via Antonio Sogliuzzo. The Bar Calise owners in nearby Casamicciola Terme expanded to this location here on Piazza degli Eroi in 1960 as Ischia town expanded all around it. It has several drive-by signs off the road, a rather extensive parking lot (for Italy), a wide swath of outdoor garden seating, and some indoor seating inside the huge café and bar. Besides the panini, pizza, pastries, and many other edibles, they serve a decent espresso. Using dueling three-group La Cimbali machines with a gold patina at the rear bar, the professionally dressed baristi pull shots with an even, medium brown crema that's a bit full in the (Porland) cup for the region (though still only three sips). It's a dark, rich pour with a good body and some smokiness over that characteristic Passalacqua pungency. Only ?1 at the bar, though most patrons order the table service version for ?3 with a relatively flavorless cookie over the top. Rated two tazzine and one chicco in the 2014 Bar d'Italia.