Gran Caffe L’Aquila
Brothers Ricardo and Gigio Longo of Toscana 52 have brought a piece of Italy to Chestnut Street in Center City with their new bi-level cafe, gelateria and restaurant. Though coffee is only one facet of the establishment, it’s a big one, roasted in-house by well-regarded Italian coffee expert Michele Morelli.
Must-Order: Instead of single-origin options that have become trendy, Morelli creates blends to better guarantee consistency in the finished cup. Try an espresso ristretto-style for an extra-strong sip that has no trace of bitterness.
On the Menu: Gelato by the scoop is available grab-and-go, as are a selection of sandwiches and house-baked pastries. Sit down to sample the full lunch and dinner menus, full of pasta, crudo, charcuterie and entrees.
1716 Chestnut St.; 215-568-5600