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Espresso Machine Repair

I own a vintage Pasquini Livietta from the mid 1980's that has recently stopped working. When I turn it on I can hear a lot of noise, but it doesn't brew. I haven't used it in some time and I suspect it ran dry. I'm not sure how to prime the pump (or if there's something else wrong with it).

I contacted Pasquini directly and they said that they do repair older machines, unfortunately they're located in California. Does anyone know a good espresso machine repair shop in Toronto - or within an hour's drive of Toronto - that could repair an older machine?


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  1. You could try calling the Grean Beanery, they have a servive dept. for the units they sell but may be able to repair yours. Service is performed at the King St. location, just east of Bathurst.


    1. We get our Gaggia repaired and regularly serviced at Zuccarini on Davenport betw Ossington and Dufferin Excellent service reasonable prices Miranda

      Gaggia Cafe
      7600 Weston Rd, Woodbridge, ON L4L8B7, CA

      1. Faema at Dupont and Christie is also very good.


        Faema Cafe
        672 Dupont St, Toronto, ON M6G1Z6, CA

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        1. re: TeRReT

          Faema and Zuccarini are probably the only two other places that I'd take a machine to.

          Don't take it to Dr. Espresso, unless you want to have it go into a black hole.

          Faema Cafe
          672 Dupont St, Toronto, ON M6G1Z6, CA

          1. re: foodyDudey

            +1 for Zuccarini - well-established family run business that takes a lot of pride in their work. Nice people, very good at what they do.

            1. re: peppermint pate

              I'll chime in for Zuccarini. They had a rocky time of it when old Mr. Z. died about 10 years ago but as far as I can tell from recent experiences they've got it together again.

        2. Hey, thanks for all the great tips everyone! I'm going to call around to the places suggested. Hopefully I'll be making espresso again soon.

          1. You might try putting something in to decalcify it. Perhaps you had some water in it which dried out and calcified blocking the tubes. Just a thought. Run it through several times perhaps.

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            1. re: LUV_TO_EAT

              Thanks. That's definitely a possibility. I'm not sure any water is actually pumping to the filter head, but I might try that.

              1. re: opifan64

                Most likely the diaphram in the pump has failed after all these years, in which case you will require a new pump.

                1. re: foodyDudey

                  I hope that isn't too expensive :S

            2. Try this place, they did a great job for my Saeco machine when it went kaputz:

              Anthony's Espresso Equipment Inc.
              331 Jevlan Drive

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                1. re: dachopstix

                  I second that recommendation, I also had trouble with my Saeco and had it repaired there, now it's running like new. The service was fast and cheaper than going directly to Saeco, which I had gone to the year before wasn't very satisfied.

                2. Call Chris at 416 258 0791 or email at Espresso Express Services <eexpress@rogers.com>

                  He knows what he's doing and doesn't charge too much. He fixed my machine.

                  1. there's a place on Coxwell around Gerrard. I wish i had its name (its on the east side. Yellow sign. looks like a throwback to a 60s hardware store). I know they do certified service for Delonghi machines.

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                    1. re: atomeyes

                      Butler's Appliance at 249 Coxwell. I bought a congee machine there last year. I was happy with the purchase although I'm not sure it's the right place for the repair of higher-end espresso machines. For those I'll say it again: Zuccarini.

                    2. Update: thanks everyone! I took it to Zuccarini and it's working again. It was the pump that needed replacing and thankfully they were able to find a compatible replacement.

                      I've been doing some research online so that I can perhaps fix it myself next time if something needs maintenance or repair. It's a bit intimidating but there seems to some good information available from people who have done rebuilds of the same machine.

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