A trendy downtown cafe with several other locations serving up some of the best expresso coffees in Vancouver.
The cafe offers a variety of mouth-watering sandwiches, salads and soups for about the same price as Subway, yet these sanwiches are made from the finest ingedients, by italian recipes. The staff are exceptionally friendly and trained rigorously to make a guest's experience truly unforgettable. A warm Italian atmospehere of the coffee shop cosists of stone crafted tables, red leather benches and interesting artwork. This is a locally owned business, which opened three coffee shops in the past 17 months, has coffee lovers raving about it throughout the city.
I was downtown and craving an iced mocha when I spotted CA. I scampered in and prepared to be impressed, based on the reviews from this site. The room was well-appointed with dark wood and kitschy posters, and a Vespa parked inside next to a giant photo of some shirtless Italian guy with his mama.
The all in black server took my order and a few minutes later I heard my order shouted out from somewhere in the bowels of the shop. When I tried to retrieve my coffee I was told by the server that I had to talk to another person to get it. For some reason the staff found this amusing. Then I tried to put a lid on my coffee, and it didn't fit. I was advised to try harder. Nice service...
I emerged with a tasty coffee but I had a bitter taste in my mouth from the rude staff. I will go elsewhere for my next iced coffee fix.
I have never eaten here but their expresso coffees are very good, probably the best in the city. Their is usually a line up to get a coffee, but they are very quick to deliver the goods. Another great place for expresso coffees is Coo Coo Coffee on Davie in between Richards and Homer on the north side of the street.
I've been visiting Artigiano's different locations for a few years and have always enjoyed their coffee. Recently they have started offering hot breakfast items at this location, so I went today with a coworker hoping for a good brunch.
I had the Scramble Eggs breakfast combo with Sausage and sauteed potatoes - it was disappointing. Two of my coworkers kept raving about their breakfast experiences there and I had rather high expectations. The best part of the meal was the potatoes - which they only offered four pieces on a big plate. The eggs were overdone and the sausage had a weird sour taste. After tax the breakfast was over $10 and I didn't find that good value at all. The plate was big but once again, the food portions were small. I went with one of the two coworkers who had been raving about the food and she was disappointed too. According to her, her first experience was excellent with much larger portions.
I will not be ordering their breakfast again but they will probably remain as my favorite coffee place in downtown.
I like their omelette meal for lunch - it is tasty and generous. Their regular coffee is absolutely awful - and this is based on several experiences. Next time will try the Americano ... I am sure it will be better. It's a cafe atmosphere ... and that's good. Try it!
Every time I had coffee at Artigiano – it was delicious. Their coffee mocha is to die for; however, when I have coffee I have to have something sweet with it. Often, lemon ricotta muffins are my first pick and if fresh – they are to die for too. Unfortunately, more often than not, their muffins are not fresh and ruin my experience making me reluctant to come back again.
I've been going to Artigiano since there was only one shop, the Pender location. Yes, this isn't the ultimate in espresso every time. However, it is consistently good, fast and efficient. Any place with better coffee (Elysian Room) could never approach the speed nor handle the amount of business Artigiano does.
If you like the taste of coffee, then you will enjoy an Artigiano beverage. If you like the taste of underextracted coffee grinds, keep going to Starbucks.
Parking is a nightmare - you're better off under Pacific Centre for $4.00. But weekend brunch is worth it! Finally - somewhere that serves the Croque Madam! And the Uuvo Napoleano - dreamy! Super big breakfast/brunch in European style cafe.
Oh yeah - thier coffee's pretty good too.
As coffee chain hell continues to take over the city, Artigiano and a bunch of other 'coffee art' players are making cap's & lattes for the rest of us. Hallelujah. Strong coffee that doesn't scald your tongue and foam that's thick and creamy (as opposed to dollop-like dry snowballs of the stuff)...and those kewl swirls! Food, service, room are top notch too at all their locations. Owner is clearly passionate and does a great job making sure all locations maintain the highest quality. Grazie!
The Artigiano on Hastings is quickly becoming my weekday coffee hangout. Of all the places I've been, it has the best atmosphere--it's comfortable and relaxing, and just a nice place to be. The service is friendly and the coffee is great (although what they're brewing changes by the day; the Kenyan dark roast is what I have enjoyed most so far). The prices are on par with other coffee shops in the area. I've enjoyed what I've tried here, but it's really the atmosphere that keeps me coming back.