Restaurant Reviews

Cavalli Cafe

April 21, 2015
The Shut-Up-and-Give-it-to-Me-Quick Version:
Winner.
Yummy desserts that taste authentic. A hidden gem in the sea of tourist traps.

The I-Like-to-be-Wrapped-Up-in-All-the-Details Version:I’m always on the hunt for the best desserts in North Beach so I decided to stop by Cavalli Café when I spotted it from across the street. I don’t know how I haven’t been here before, but it’s off Columbus with a pretty small entrance so I must have glazed over it.

One thing I really liked was the location itself, it’s small, but there is a lot of natural light that comes in and in between the owner’s Italian and the Italian music playing, it feels welcoming and authentic. It doesn’t try too hard to be “Italian”, it just is.

They have a small selection of items, but it seems to be quality over quantity here (always better).

What I ate:

  • Cannoli ($4.50)
  • Tiramisu ($4.50)

Thoughts?

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The tiramisu was good, I definitely can’t give it the “best in SF” stamp that some people have bestowed, but it is definitely the best I have had in North beach. Unfortunately that doesn’t mean a lot because I haven’t really liked any of the others I have tried. It is fresh and made with love, I just don’t know if it’s rave-worthy. I will go back soon and update you on my thoughts. I wanted to love it, but I didn’t find myself ooh-ing and ahh-ing at every bite.

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The cannoli was the best I’ve had in SF, again there is no solid competition. I often find them stale, not filled enough or too sweet. Cavalli’s, however, was stuffed when I ordered it and I loved the orange zest. The flavor was kicked up a notch which I liked and it was, overall, well made.I’m definitely willing to go back, maybe sit down for a dessert and see how visit #2 goes.

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