Monday, May 30, 2011

Quick Review: Café Bellini 235 Powell St San Francisco, CA

California owes a lot to the wave of post World War II Italian immigrants--its wine industry for one, and authentic pizza for another. My family went on a trip to San Francisco and stayed near Union Square. After checking in at the hotel several in our party wanted to try the local pizza and were advised on Café Bellini.
Their logo says "espresso-panini-dolci"- strong Italian coffee, sandwiches and sweets. When you walk into the cafe from Powell St, you are lured in by their dessert case displaying various cheesecakes and other treats. The interior is black, white, red and mirrored. It reminds me of some cafes on Denman St in Vancouver's West End!

Our party ordered from their menu the Traditional Cheese for the kiddos and super combo for the adults. Both types have mozzarella and traditonal tomato sauce on thin crust. The super combo has sausage, salami, pepperoni, yellow and green bell peppers, red onions, mushrooms, black olives and tomatoes.
The super combo was a flavour explosion in my mouth. The crust was slightly crunchy on the outsideb and soft on the inside. The veggies were fresh and flavourful. The tomato sauce was sweet and tangy-not overpowering. The meats were well seasoned and chewy. A very satisfying pie at 10" and at $14 a good value. The kids LOVED the cheese pizza, chowed down and there were NO LEFTOVERS!!!

Now for dessert and coffee: my daughter wanted a slice of their chocolate cheesecake to share with her brother and their mom concurred. I perused the coffee menu and chose a chocolate Ganache New York style cheesecake while I tried their Caffé Latté Machiatto. The cheesecake was heavy and like the layer of chocolate on top, semi-sweet like most European style desserts. The whipped cream garish was light and only semi-sweet. Very tasty and was gobbled up quick.

The machiatto I ordered was perfect, strong and had an artistic pattern done by the lovely barista. I noticed several places here in SF favour the Lavazza brand of coffee. Its been very good so far and I may have to start stocking it at home.

Our whole party thoroughly enjoyed our experience at Café Bellini and highly recommend them.

Traditional Cheese Pizza earned an A
Super Combo Pizza earned an A+
The Chocolate Ganache NY Cheesecake earned an A+
The Cappuccino earned an A- 

Café Bellini is located at:
235 Powell Streeet
San Francisco, CA
Other Locations around the same metro area
(415) 956-5101

Eat Happy & Zao an, Y'all!!!
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