Saturday, March 28, 2009

Calvino Cafe

Calvino Cafe joins the likes of the downtown Mudhouse and Shenandoah Joe's as good places to get a cup of coffee and read. Para is a close runner-up to these three places, but it's a little claustrophobic. I haven't yet tried Java Java under its new management, but like C-ville coffee, the space can't really be described as cozy.

Calvino Cafe is a perfect size for a coffeeshop. It has outdoor seating. It is conveniently located within the Main Street Market complex. There's parking if you need it. I wish they offered more in the way of pastries, Viz. croissants and scones. They do offer panini and other breakfast and lunch items. The food looked and smelled great. I only tried a cappuccino - superb. The staff was very friendly.

Run by the people behind Orzo, it's been open for a few months now. I am certainly going to add it to my weekend coffeeshop rotation.

408 W Main St
Charlottesville, VA 22903
(434) 293-5696

Mon - Sat: 7:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sun: 9:00 am - 3:00 pm

Check out other C-ville coffeeshops.


Ruth said...

The Mediterranean-style wraps are out of this world- all fresh ingredients prepared while you wait and the taste combinations are unusual and work really well.

R said...

Para claustrophobic? Calvino is hardly a counter example! But don't get me wrong, those two are definitely my favorites in town. Both offer what a local coffeshop should- personal attention and great coffee.