r Letter From Eastie: 10 Things I love about East Boston
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Thursday, May 19, 2005

10 Things I love about East Boston

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#4 Cafe Italia

The best cappuccino in Boston. That's right! I said best. Even better than in the North End. Cafe Italia has a little something for everyone: good quality, up-market Italian food including pizza; a lounge with a full bar; and, of course, the cafe. The cappuccinos in the cafe are made with good Italian coffee. What I mean by good is that the coffee is strong, but it doesn't taste burnt. The foam--and I do mean foam not that anemic stuff Starbucks tries to pass off as foam--is so thick you might get a foam mustache. If you add sugar, it will sit up on top until you stir it in. This combination is served in a small cup, not the big gulp sized cups that Starbucks serve their "caps" in. In a cup that big, your little shot of espresso doesn't stand a chance of holding up to the milk. At Cafe Italia, you can actually taste the coffee in your cappuccino. Finally, the Cafe Italia cappuccino is topped off by a generous dusting of cocoa. Have you never had a cappuccino outside of Starbucks? Well, then get thee to Cafe Italia to find out what the real thing is supposed to taste like. Oh, and the pastry and gelato aren't half bad either.


  • At 12:27 PM, Blogger bugambilia said…

    Maria, how could you forget the best thing about Cafe Itaia: The lounge singer! Definitely one of my most memorable experiences in Boston. If you haven't sipped on a real capuccino while being crooned by a man in a tuxedo, you haven't been to East Boston.

  • At 6:57 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    guys -

    i'm fairly new to eastie. i walk down meridian street knee-deep in filth, past scarred doorways no one is proud enough to paint, past Bloods sneering on the corner. the cracks in the sidewalk are rife with broken works and little empty smack baggies. mob guys give me the finger as they cruise through stop signs. guys get beat up in broad daylight and left for dead. Yuppies? send more, please!

    BTW, i've had dinner at the cafe italia and the food and cappuchino are first-rate. i've been told, however, that during the day the mob guys hold business meetings there and it's best not to go in.

  • At 9:17 AM, Blogger Marc said…

    Hey, don't tell anyone about this place! :-D I love it too much to have it be discovered! Seriously, Caffe Italia is a fantastic restaurant--one of my favorites, and I go to a lot of Italian restaurants to review for my site. I love the front room where you can sip drinks and eat desserts, and I love the back room where you can order terrific Italian meals. This place represents everything good about East Boston, and Boston in general, and is one of the few Italian places left in the Boston area that has not been yuppified at all (others would be Rino's and Jeveli's in Eastie, as well as Bocelli's in Medford and Abbondanza in Everett).


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