Food and drink
It's all good. Order a caffé and you'll get a short, strong espresso, so if you want a longer drink order a caffé americano (more hot water) or a caffè latte (with hot milk; don't order a 'latte' or you'll just get milk). The glass of water served with it is to be drunk before your coffee, not after, as it's to cleanse the palate. The dozens of bottles behind the bar are for those who like the coffee 'corretto' (corrected) with a shot of something… usually grappa but the range of bottles suggests that pretty much anything goes. There are usually a few pastries too, such as traditional sfogliatelle (the puff pastries with a creamy centre) but the coffee is the thing here…
This isn't a place for hanging around - there are no chairs - and the interior would ordinarily make me wince (too much orange and bright lighting, with the only 'decor' consisting of the Passalacqua coffee itself, in bean form or the packets and tins that I adore), but the bar is almost always busy.
It's pretty brisk - they're busy guys - but always friendly. Order and pay at the desk, then take your receipt to the counter and ask for the coffee you've paid for.
The bar on PIazza Dante is wonderfully convenient if you're shopping on Via Toledo as it seems to be halfway along, so just right for a pitstop before you carry on shopping.
An espresso is around one euro and a caffè latte will be about 1.50 euros.
There are branches in Vomero, Chiaia and also in Piazza Garibaldi, so thankfully you'll never be far from one.
- Backpackers / Students
- Business travellers
- People watching
- No fuss