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 went to CA for a quick bite and a coffee. The place is nice inside, and the assembly line processes customers in a reasonable amount of time. The foam girl at the end who does the designs was a nice added feature. As for value, it isn't quite there. Autostrada panino, 9 bucks. Cafe mocha, almost 5 bucks. 14 dollars for coffee and a sandwich, priceless!
The food and drink were okay, but is it twice as good as Timmy Ho's? It would have to be to justify the price. IMHO, it does not.
Not for the value conscious.
I LOVE the mocha at Caffe Artigianos. I think it is better than the ones you can get at Blenz or Starbucks. Of course however it is not cheap...so I will only get it once in a blue moon.
I agree with the other comments - if you are getting coffee on a daily basis this is probably not the coffee for you. This is more for the occasional indulgence into something that is really good!
I can't comment too much on the food here, but the coffee is great and the employees are always great to deal with. I'm totally addicted to their cappucinos and will often pick one up on my to work and on my way home. The foam designs are a fun touch and quite frankly, the coffe girls have a funky flair to them which comes off as rather attractive!
The only food i've had here is their muffins, and definately no complaints there.
I used to be a regular, always ordering the same mocha. The drink is consistent 80% of the time. There are times where the "barista" forgets to squeeze in the chocolate syrup before pouring the milk, or did not stir the syrup in the espresso before pouring the milk. The result is a very sweet chocolate taste down bottom. They had panini there and it's average at best. The ambiance is good when it's not too crowded. Despite these comments, I still prefer Artigiano than Starbucks because of the local touch. The latte art is great when it's your first time ordering from them.
The expresso drinks and sandwiches are decent here but not worth the money. I can see the attraction if you want to grab a coffee and go as their system is efficient. Not always in the order of the line up, but efficient none the less. However, $15 for a mocha and a sandwich is a bit overpriced. The atmosphere and ambiance is more like a cafeteria than a coffee house; which is fine for me but for people wanting a place to hang out and linger with a drink, this is not the place.
I had a Cafe Latte from Caffe Artigiano off the corner of Thurlow and Pender. I would say that they have an awesome method of foaming milk but the espresso in the latte itself was good but not totally wowing. A tall goes for $2.99 + tax.
I also had a hot chocolate here ($2.99 + tax) and that sucked so don't bother. What a waste of my $3, plus they really overfoamed the milk that time and thus you get less hot chocolate for your buck. Starbucks hot chocolate still tastes a lot better and weighs heavier, meaning they don't overfoam like crazy, but it's quite caffeinated for a hot chocolate.
All in all, I don't think I'll be going back anytime soon to Caffe Artigiano. Kind of overhyped, if you ask me.
Deservedly popular, this is a great place to take out-of-towners to show them Vancouver's deal-making, things to do, people to see, day-time coffee bar action. The coffee is fine but speed and efficiency rule. The willow leaf cappucino art impresses the debutant but may be losing its magic for regulars. Service at the "follow the guy in front and you'll get what you ordered at the end" counter line is efficient and friendly.