1102 West Broadway, Vancouver, BC, V6H 1G5
An authentic Italian coffee shop experience
|Cuisine Type |||Coffee Shop, Desserts, Homestyle, Ice Cream Parlor, Italian, Sandwiches|
|Ambiance |||Meet For Drink, Patio Dining, Quiet Conversation, Sidewalk Cafe, Casual, Dining Alone|
|Meals Served |||Light Meals/Snacks, Lunch, Teas, Breakfast, Dessert, Ice Cream Parlor|
|Amenities |||Local Favorites, Wheelchair Accessible, Coffeehouses & Desserts, Counter & Bar Service|
|Pricing |||Less than $20|
|Payment |||Interac, MasterCard, American Express, Visa|
|Getting There |||#9 and #99 on West Broadway or #17, #488, and #492 on Oak Street|
|Cross Street |||Spruce Street (near Oak Street)|
Profile Last Updated: April 07, 2008
In Italy, when you go to a coffee shop, there are people drinking foamy cappuccinos and espressos out of tiny cups at the counter. Some sit in the corner, playing cards and eating paninis. Others just grab a gelato and are on their way. There’s something so elegant and sociable about the Italian coffee experience. Caffé Piccolo brings Italy’s coffee culture to Vancouver, providing an authentic experience for those who love all things Italian.
Made By Mama And Papa
Caffé Piccolo has been a family run business since 1998 when it opened as BC Gelati. The café has expanded beyond gelato, but the family remains. Giuseppe Molinari prepares gelato from the family recipes his own father used in Verona. He also makes fruit sorbets, many of which are vegan-friendly. But he doesn’t stop there. The other sweets, like the individual or variety packs of cannoli, are also his creations. Giuseppe’s wife Anna works behind the scenes as a chef. She’s put a breakfast and lunch menu together that will make your mouth water. Try the hearty Busker’s Breakfast: three steamed eggs and mozzarella with a croissant or oven-roasted potatoes. For lunch Anna and Giuseppe’s son, Michele, recommends the vegetarian-friendly Fagiolata salad made with mixed beans, artichokes, roasted peppers, tomatoes and onions.
The Infamous Vacuum Infuser
Espressos and cappuccinos are a must at any Italian café and Caffé Piccolo is no exception. But you can also get caffé con panna (that’s coffee with whipped cream for us English speakers), Italian sodas and teas from the Vancouver company, “T.” Or you can experiment with vacuum-infused coffee. Coffee brewed in this manner is renowned for its superior quality and taste. The machine looks like a science experiment. The filter connects two glass orbs and there’s a heat source at the bottom. If you like the coffee, pick up a machine for yourself or for the coffee lover in your life.