OK this is a big call I know but IMO the very best coffee in Adelaide is from Cotto Patisserie Espresso Bar. There, I’ve said it. If I ever get an audience for this blog I can only imagine the fights this assertion could start 🙂
Cotto just happens to be my local cafe but I truly don’t believe I’m biased as I’ll hoof it far and wide for a good coffee. Their coffee is superb – every time. I’ve just come home from a quick lunch there with E (both wagging it for a couple of hours this afternoon) and felt moved to praise.
Nicolas and Frank who own and run the place are extremely friendly and they and all their staff make it a point to learn their customers names (which always makes you feel special, admit it). The place is very reminiscent of Cibo (I believe N and F were originally Cibo trained) but with a burnt orange and brown colour scheme rather than the red and white. They bake all their own bread/pastry products on the premises (all of which are very good) and in fact started out as a more of a bakery but fairly quickly moved into focussing on the cafe side of things. I believe they have some local suppliers for some of their offerings.
They also make their own gelato – which is exceedingly good.
The building they are in is an unassuming orange brick building (that I think may have originally been a bank?) on Woodville Road near the Charles Sturt Civic Centre and library and about 150mtrs from the Woodville train station and playground/park. I mention the proximity to these ‘places of interest’ for all you parents out there at home with a little one. L and I often walk (me walking, she riding in luxury in the pram) to the library, then visit Cotto for lunch and follow this up with a swing at the playground (for her) and a lie down on the grass (for me).
My current favourite lunch option is the Porchetta Panino (roast pork, onion relish, parmesan cheese, rocket and horseradish) but all of the toasted bread choices I’ve tried are very tasty and good quality with an interesting, Italian focussed range of fillings. Since I’ve been haunting the place (for about three years I guess) only three people have been working the coffee machine. First Nicolas, now Michael (and one other in between whose name I can’t just remember) so they are careful to make sure that only the trained barristas do the job and they get plenty of practice each day. Being almost next door to the council chambers they get loads of business during the week (and they do quite a lot of catering -check out their website for more info) so they don’t have to open on weekends – more’s the pity for the local residents!
This cafe is an oasis of quality in the north western suburbs (there are one or two others but they are few and far between – I’m sure I’ll cover those on this blog in the near future). Don’t get me wrong, we have a plethora of excellent Vietnamese cafe/restaurants and are blessed with other useful food outlets such as fresh fish outlets and Asian grocers but for Italian/European style cafes, this is the bees knees.
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