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Sep 17, 2009 10:20 PM

Cappuchino or Espresso

Where to go? price no object if it's in a restaurant that's ok (no on urth cafe, the usual chains, cacao, peet's, etc)

whould mozza make a good one to go with the budino?

or how about the ones at huckleberry cafe?

or what about the cappucinos at angelini osteria, or valentino, or pastina? like is the best at a true italian restaurant?

how's caffe luxxe?

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  1. Intelligentsia. Intelligentsia. Intelligentsia.

    My God. It was so transcendent that I can only mock them slightly for the stuck-up half-glass of sparkling water they give you as a palate cleanser.

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    1. re: Das Ubergeek

      ok, thanks hitting it up then,
      is that one in sunset junction, silverlake?
      the sparkling water does sound a tadbit pretnentious

      1. re: kevin

        "the sparkling water does sound a tadbit pretnentious"

        Goes with the name. ;-)

        In restaurants, even the best ones, good espresso seems to be rare. I did have an excellent strong but not bitter cup after an outstanding tasting menu at Stonehill Tavern a few months ago. (I don't recall anything more than serviceable espresso at other Mina Mina establishments, however.)

        In many places I'm inclined to wonder whether the coffee was actually decent coming out of the espresso maker but declined and died by the time the waiter got it to the table. Then there's the kind that arrives too fast -- almost as soon as you order it.

        1. re: kevin

          Yes to Sunset Jct., and feel free to roll your eyes but sadly for my snark, it actually worked.

        2. re: Das Ubergeek

          Head a bit further up the road to Fix and get better espresso, less pretense.

          1. re: cls

            Surely wish they would change the color scheme on their website. Truly difficult to read.

        3. Fraiche, Riva and Valentino all make a very good cappuccino.

          1. Caffe Luxxe makes a great espresso. Intelligentsia in Venice does as well, though I'm partial to their macchiato. I'd suggest you try both places, as they are both top notch. I've not tried Caffe Luxxe's new Brentwood location so I cannot comment on if it as is good as the one in SM on Montana.

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            1. re: joshekg

              I LOVE Cafe Luxxe on Montana... I like what they serve as well as the environment.

            2. In a restaurant, Angelini is great for espressso (I don't drink cappuccino, so can't comment there).