This is a really nice locale. It’s on a busy corner, hugged by another 4-5 cafes within a 10 feet radius, and yet it shines very nicely. It’s got lots of light. The interior is modern, with a French-American bistrot feeling, that is, lots of light colored wood, blight blues, chrome, and nothing heavy nor gaudy. The staff is nice and well, it works. It’s a nice change from the ‘old school’ heavy-set cafes nearby, and it was packed with government folk. One who wouldn’t quit hitting on the barista.
This is what I got served:
Presentation: Nice crisp black shining cup. I liked it! Water was served immediately without my asking, and it was all good to go.
Temperature of Cup: It was great temperature, not whet, not cold, not scalding hot. Great!
Quantity: Super short shot. Not bad. If it’s good, it’ll be short n’ sweet. If it’s crap, then just right size!
Temperature: Warm, borderline, not bad.
Volume/Consistency: It thick, juicy, smooth and creamy and yet not heavy. It was full bodied, and I could swirl it around my mouth a bit like when one tastes olive oil by the spoon full. Nice.
Crema: It was thinnish, started to dissipate almost immediately before I started to drink, and yet it didn’t matter. The espresso had body without it.
Odor: There was a deep bitter dark charred smell that contrasted with the taste.
Taste: It was bitter but not rancid, it was controlled and within a very limited gamut that was pleasing. It was flat in terms of other coffee related tastes, but it was controlled and had a very clear bitter smooth profile that worked very well.
Overall: It was a great cup of coffee. Had it been a bit richer, smoother in body and it’s expression in a bit of more flavors in the cup it would have been among the best of Rome, as such it was a mid to upper range espresso. Very good, probably the best on this small area of Rome. Bravo!
The setup: They had a beautiful lever espresso machine. It looked like a Fiorenzato espresso machine, but I couldn’t tell. The grinders indeed were Fiorenzato, and the coffe was Caffè Moka Gold. They’re a Salerno based (near Naples) roaster, and hence why the lever machine. Naples is the mecca of these damned cool espresso machines. Did it’s job great in this setting!
D’Angelo Caffè Bistrot
Dieci Aprile S.R.L.S.
Via Venti Settembre 25
Tel. 06 4201 0325