Ciao Bella Gelato Company

Overall Rating: 4.200


NOTE: This location is CLOSED (no longer in business).


Address: 683 Harrison St.
Cross Street(s): 3rd St.
City, State ZIP: San Francisco, CA 94107
Neighborhood: SOMA
Phone: 415.541.4940
Hours: M-F 11am-4pm
Type of Establishment: Ice cream shop
Cafe Rating: 3.80
Barista: 4
Savvy: 4
Ambiance: 5
Presentation: 2
Consistency: Inconsistent
Espresso Machine: UNIC
Coffee Rating: 4.60
Aroma: 5
Body: 6
Brightness: 3
Crema: 4
Flavor: 5
Taster's Correction: 0.0
Size: L
Primary Taste: Pungent
Coffee Beans: Illy
Cup Manufacturer: Paper
Price: $1.95
Last Update: 08/08/2003
First Reviewed: 08/08/2003
Notes: Temperature Control Problems; Outdoor Seating

Review
Front café to the gelato factory in back since 1995. Another café in the remodeled SF Ferry Bldg is scheduled for late 2003. Bright colors inside and out - including the fruity mural outside. Gelato, panini, smoothies, and overpriced espresso. With a server who looks like a stunt double for the movie "Dumb & Dumber." Sidewalk bench seating and three small indoor tables. They're big on Illy branding - down to the cans for sugar and stirrers. But they keep the good Illy cups for display only and have only a single-group UNIC Torino machine. Espresso is served lukewarm with some thin, pale crema coverage and a very meek herbal flavor. There is also some spice in the flavor, but it has a pretty narrow spectrum. No where near the quality of the gelato. [CLOSED - Now Besos Foods. Then What's Up Dog. Ferry Building only.]