Caffè BaoNecci

Overall Rating: 7.350


Address: 516 Green St.
Cross Street(s): Grant Ave.
City, State ZIP: San Francisco, CA 94133
Neighborhood: North Beach
Phone: 415.989.1806
Hours: Tu-Th 8am-5pm; F-Sa 8am-9:30pm; Su 8am-4:30pm
Type of Establishment: Cafe
Cafe Rating: 7.50
Barista: 7
Savvy: 7
Ambiance: 8
Presentation: 8
Consistency: Consistent
Espresso Machine: La Spaziale
Coffee Rating: 7.20
Aroma: 8
Body: 7
Brightness: 6
Crema: 7
Flavor: 8
Taster's Correction: 0.0
Size: M
Primary Taste: Pungent
Coffee Beans: Miscela D'oro
Cup Manufacturer: IPA
Price: $3.00
Last Update: 12/14/2013
First Reviewed: 06/05/2008
Notes: Outdoor Seating

Review
This is a quiet, local place that gets many SFers worked up as if they've experienced the Real Italy here. And they're not entirely wrong. There are often authentic Italians speaking the language inside. And this has been in operation since 1905 - with the Lucchese Gamdaccini family now running the place (as proudly painted on the front door) - they are a very friendly lot. They purchased it in 2005, when it was named "Danilo's Bakery BaoNecci Caffè", but by 2009 the less profitable bakery gave way to a showcased pizza place. Today they're probably known most for their thin crust pizzas. The café itself occupies a nice corner not far off of Columbus Ave. at Bannam Pl. There are some sidewalk café tables in front, large glass windows, and several indoor café tables and chairs. Using a two-group La Spaziale machine, they pull shots with a thinner layer of a medium brown crema, served in modern Miscela d'Oro IPA cups. The body can run a touch thin at times. The Miscela d'Oro flavor can lean towards the pungent, rounded espresso and occasionally towards the smoky/tobacco side with some pepper notes. The cup has more of a potent aftertaste than an initial flavor. But all in all, a very decent espresso which has improved some since we were first here in 2008.