Sciué Italian Bakery & Caffé serves Roman street food, in a relaxing enviornment, in the traditional Italian way; both good... and fast.
That's their motto, and they live up to it. On a recent chilly afternoon I wandered in here for a latte. They also have pizza by the kilo. Last time I was in Rome I actually bought pizza this way. They hacked off a slice from the rectangle and I was off to the races. This time I was not as hungry, so I stuck to the coffee. It was good enough and only 3 bucks for a small one. Service was quick and professional too. It is a nice space, and it would be a good spot to linger and watch the traffic crawl by, except that it was super busy. I got the impression they want you to buy your food and move on. That was okay by me. Next time I will try some of the tasty pizza or maybe the panini.
I came here last week with my girlfriend for lunch. Both of us shared an artichoke pizza and a lamb panino. The pizza took no more than 5 minutes to get ready and it tasted awesome, very thin and crunchy crust yet it was not hard. The panino took almost 15 minutes to get to our table and the bread was somewhat dry and a little too hard to chew, also there was very little lamb inside. For drinks, my friend had the regular coffee and I had matcha green tea latte, which I think was pretty good. So, I'll definitely come back but next time only order pizzas.
The smoked salmon pizza is really good, I also like the bottled peach juice they sell, its the most light but flavorful peach juice I've ever had. The nutella flat bread is also very creamy and good. The coffee is okay. I enjoy sitting outside most of the time, they have a nice open space outside! The service needs to improve though, they need to be be more genuine!
Decided to give Sciue a try on a Saturday afternoon.
Menu is focused... romana pano (ie. pizza), paninis, pastries, coffee & espresso, gelato.
Placed my order (pizza) at the counter, sat down, and my order was ready less than 2 minutes, but I did have to wait quite a bit for my coffee (I think they forgot).
The pizza is crisp and very tasty, the service was friendly and attentive.
As pizza and paninis go, its good stuff, if a bit pricey for a regular lunch spot.
If I could, I'd give them 3 1/2 stars across the board, but since that's not a option, I spit the difference, giving 3s and 4s.
Desperate for a cup of coffee we came upon this cafe and decided to go in because it look pretty decent and busy.
We just wanted coffee and dessert and the server was pretty friendly and welcoming.
We asked for two mocha's and got one, we wondered where the other one was....that arrived 5 minutes after the first one. Seems like their facilities or staff member can only make one cup of coffee at a time. She wasn't as jolly as the original server thats for sure. When I tried the coffee it was worse than Nescafe Instant, didn't even taste like coffee, really bitter - putting a few sugars in didn't help! Only took a couple of sips and couldn't take any more. I am a bit of a coffee-holic so I know my coffee!
The dessert was ok, nothing outstanding but quite edible. About equal to what you would get in the local supermarket.
There was a huge line for pizza and other lunch items so maybe we should have had that.
I would unlikely go there again.
We had a really great meal here at their Pender St locaton, that is after we figured out how to order. Apparently, if you don't want to order pizza you can skip the long line and go straight to the cashier to place your sandwich order. But, then there are customers already there that are paying for their pizza order, so you have to butt in, explaining so. When the pizza is ready, you have to loiter around the pizza counter waving down the pizza person that yours is the one she has in her hands, again butting through the queue and having your slice passed over the counter in front of other customers. Confused? Well stop by and see for yourself! I hope they get their ordering system sorted in a better way.
Sciue serves up great by the piece pizza sold by weight. The concept is common in Rome where the owner is from. The pizza is always freshly made and come with a variety of toppings. They also offer simple main dishes like lasagna. There is a good selection of moderately priced wines. The pastries are also excellent. Try the ciambelli with a cappucino for breakfast. The location is convenient for a quick lunch or snack when shopping downtown. The only drawback is there is no table service.
My rating probably makes this place look like it is terrible and by all means it is decent but 2 stars only is decent and this place is only decent. It looks quite nice and it was busy but not so busy that you couldn't get a seat or had to wait long for food.
The idea is a good one, you order at the counter and select the pizzas you would like, they then weigh the pizza and you pay by weight. The ingredients in the pizza looked really tasty however when I got to the front all the ones I had in my mind were gone and I was going to have to wait awhile so I nominated to try the more plain ones that were left.
The servers weren't terrible however my server was quite rude to the customer before me and while she was okay to me I could tell she'd had a bad day and wasn't afraid to show it.
I paid about $8.50 for the pizza and with a drink my meal came to almost $12, it wasn't the worst value for money but considering I was ordering pizza that then had to be heated while I waited and didn't get table service then it was pretty poor value for money for lunch.
Although it wasn't great it was decent enough to go back as the toppings are certainly tastier than what you'll get in any of the other by the slice pizza joints.
A bunch of us went to the newly opened Sciue at the Roundhouse Yaletown. And I think they're still going through some Grand Opening pains. There was lack of organization as the customers were confused of where to lineup to order pizzas vs sandwiches vs coffee. But one can't deny that the sandwiches were delicious and gourmet, with the taste of Italy in one bite. The pizzas were ok as they are not your usual $1/slice fare. You can order the slices according to how much you want (an inch here off of this type...2 inch of this type) and then the cost is according to the weight. I'm not particular picky about pizza so if I was hankering for a slice I would trek to a usual pizzeria. If I felt like a fancy sandwich I would go back to Sciue...otherwise back to Choices or Urban Fare for me.
Sciue Cafe is one of my favourite places to go grab lunch in the downtown core. My favourite things to order there are their pasta dishes - the spinach/ricotta cheese canelloni and something that was a baked ziti type of dish were phenomenal (specials of the day - not available all the time) The tomato sauce is fresh and flavourful and it comes with a slice of homemade bread. This homemade bread is one of the best I've tasted - so chewy on the inside and crispy on the outside. I'm always tempted to order something there that comes with the bread just for that bread!
I've also tried the soups which are lovely and the salads look good but I haven't tried them.
The pizzas are also very popular and they are good but not my ultimate favourite. The line up for pizzas is always really long too so not good if you are in a rush.
This is a great place - check it out!
Great spot for lunch for the downtowners...the "Roman Street Food" is great - crispy crust and fresh toppings. Tastes like it was made just for you. (Haven't tried any of the paninis) It gets very busy tight at the noon hour.
I wanted it to be a good palce for an afterwork drink, but it is way too noisy to sit out side with the buses and rush hour traffic.
Overall, good food, good service - I'm a repeat customer.
Sciue has been consistently great over the years since it first opened up a number of years ago. They have some of the best pizzas in town as well as other great Italian sandwiches and other dishes. Their cappuccinos are excellent- not many people know how to make it with just the right amount of foam. The place always has a good vibe to it and I love that there's a couple of locations so that when I'm in Yaletown I can go there or if I'm near Coal Harbour then I'll go to Pender St. Two thumbs up for Sciue!!
The pizza is outstanding. It really is. Also, both of the soups - bean and minestrone, are great tasting, filling, and always arrive piping hot. The panini are okay - but way overpriced - my boyfriend spat his out when I told him that it was $9. He's not a big eater and was still hungry afterwards. (However, 4 days a week he gets the ham & swiss at Tim Hortons, so maybe that reaction needs to be taken with a grain of salt...)
Worse than the prices though are the staff. One in ten are very friendly (I'm pretty sure they're the owners), but without fail I am furious by the time I get my lunch every time. Sometimes they don't understand what you're ordering (even when you're pronouncing it in perfect Italian) or the question that you're asking ("what are the toppings on that one?" should be fairly straight forward). Initially, I thought maybe their english was just not that great, but then as I started paying closer attention, they were really just being rude.
Having said (ranted) all of that - I still am there on a monthly basis for a perfect piece of thin crust pizza and bowl of hot, flavourful minestrone. It's worth the extra dollar or two and putting up with some grouchy staff.
My friend and I passed by there to check it out. We weren't hungry so we just decided to get some ice cream since they had gelato, and boy, were those the smallest amounts of gelatos for the price of $3.95 (single cup). They were literally two table spoons of ice cream, and that was it! I ordered blackforest and really it just tasted like normal chocolate ice cream to me. Reading the reviews, i guess the food there is good, but for sure, don't get the ice cream, it's a huge rip!
Walking down the street just before lunch, I passed Sciué. What caught my eye: the row of delicious-looking pizzas, which I could see right from the sidewalk!
Ordering was fun. Pizza... by the inch? Cool! I got exactly the amount I wanted, plus a soup and a beer. The servers treated me, an obvious newcomer, very well even through the busy lunchhour traffic.
Let's talk first about my 5 service rating. When I got to the bar, the server politely apologized, saying that my first choice (Corona) was not yet cold. But he had already brought out an alternate selection (Negro Modelo) that he felt would be the closest to my original. So instead of me having to make a difficult on-the-spot decision, this guy was prepared -- and the beer was excellent. Now that's quality service.
The pizza was absolutely delicious. A crispy, flavourful crust with just the right amount of meat & cheese. I wanted to rate the food a 5, but I felt the pasta soup was disappointing. It was a beautiful fire-orange colour, but lacked the zing I was expecting. The bread that came with it, like the pizza crust, was fantastic; light and airy in the middle, with a satisfying exterior.
A pleasant patio, comfortable music level, and food that I can see from the street gives this restaurant a 4 in ambiance for me.
Overall: your taste buds and stomach will thank you for a trip to Sciué.