|Cuisine Type |||Coffee Shop, Italian, Sandwiches|
|Ambiance |||Quiet Conversation, Casual, Dining Alone|
|Meals Served |||Light Meals/Snacks, Lunch, Dessert|
|Amenities |||Game In Season, Coffeehouses & Desserts, Counter & Bar Service|
|Pricing |||Less than $20|
|Getting There |||Bus 20/Commercial Station|
|Cross Street |||East 1st Avenue|
Profile Last Updated: April 27, 2009
Caffe Napoli has been a popular hangout for Italians and lovers of good coffee since the 1990s. Owner Lina Christiano grew up on Commercial Drive and helps preserve the charm of the area in her café. Visitors shout “Bonjourno!” and greet her by name, and she asks about their kids, careers and health. Regulars recognize each other and share tables and observations about their favourite soccer teams. It creates a cool community vibe that’s reminiscent of neighbourhood haunts in Naples. To reward her customers, when the Euro and World Cup are on, Christiano offers them first dibs on the prime seats. While not nearly as popular, pay-per-view Canucks games can also be seen at the café on two extra-large screen TVs.
Authentic Coffee and Indulgent Focaccia
Caffe Napoli serves up some of the best focaccia sandwiches and espresso drinks on the Little Italy strip. They’re all made to order before your eyes with fresh local produce and traditional Italian meats like Genoa salami, proscuito and capicollo and edam cheese. Can’t decide? The Il Napoli comes with an assortment of Italian cold cuts offering the best of all worlds. In true Italy form, the sandwiches are served with pepperoncini and olives on the side, and go great with an Italian bitter or soda. Caffe Napoli also prides itself on serving some of the best coffee outside of Naples, using Milano beans and traditional techniques. The espresso is best enjoyed with a homemade sweet like biscotti!
Chic Café in Little Italy
Similar to cafés in Italy, Caffe Napoli looks more like a bar than a coffee shop. The space is along and narrow and has a chic vibe with dim lights, loungy music and plum coloured chiffon curtains. Attractive art featuring scenes of Italy adorns the wall, and large, bold wall mirrors open up the space. You can grab a seat at one of the marble-topped tables or stand at the bar and shoot back an espresso like the Italians.