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Cavalli Cafe

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Certificate of Excellence2015 Winner


Cafe, Italian
Lunch, Breakfast, Brunch
Takeout, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Reservations, Outdoor Seating

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Il Cannolo Alla Siciliano
Originating in the palermo area of sicily, the cannolo (cannoli is plural) consist of a tube-shaped shell of fried pastry dough, filled with a sweet, creamy filling usually containing ricotta cheese. All the cannoli shells are home-made by a. cavalli and co. daily and the fresh ricotta is some of the finest imported from italy. With the crisp crunch of the shell, the mellow creaminess of the filling, the sweetness of the chocolate chips and the subltle tartness of the orange zest, there is full specturm of flavors in every bite.
From the italian, tirami su! (Lift me up! ) - A layered cake consisting of savoiardi biscuits soaked in espresso, liqueur and a cream made up of mascarpone cheese, eggs and sugar, covered with powdered chocolate. Though there is some disagreement as to it's origins, this dessert was initially created in siena, in the northwestern italian province of toscana during the 18th century. Unlike some which the coffee or liquer dominates, tiramisù at a. cavalli and co. has a light yet rich taste in which all the various flavors blend together as one.
Panna Cotta
Although it is eaten all over italy, panna cotta is generally thought to have originated in the northern italian region of piemonte. Organic cream, pure vanilla extract and sugar are blended to create a mellow flavor and silky smooth texture. Instead of adding additional ingredients to augment the taste, the quality and freshness of these 3 ingredients are what make this dessert special - l'essenzialità del sapore (the essentiality of the flavor).
Chocolate Mousse
Italo-francese: a. cavalli and co. uses danesi chocolate from Italy in their chocolate mousse. light and creamy, the airy texture is a result of incorporating air bubbles within the deep, rich taste of the chocolate. and only fresh, locally-produced cream is used.
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We are a group of traveling Italian people and our tour guide here in the US is helping us with this review. We stopped here while traveling through San Francisco hoping to get a quick real Italian experience but unfortunately the cappuccinos and the cannolis...More

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank antoniosmith1981
Reviewed December 4, 2018

Me, my husband and my daughter had a quick breakfast here not too long ago and the 3 of us ended up sick for 2 days right after that to the point that we had to take antibiotics. As many others have pointed out this...More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank Jessica A
Reviewed November 2, 2018

After many years on Yelp I'll be moving over to Tripadvisory due to the fact that too easily owners on yelp can pay and get the legittimate bad reviews off the site which is absolutely unfair. Anyhow, here it goes: It is not surprise that...More

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank JR E
Reviewed October 30, 2018

This place has the worst reputation not only in North Beach but also in the entire San Francisco. I used to live in North Beach but I never went there. I still have friends that live there and some are Italian and none of them...More

Date of visit: October 2018
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Reviewed October 5, 2018

We are a group of 4 transgender women that for now are posting on here anonymously because we are looking into potentially file a lawsuit against the owner of this establishment. This happened a few weeks ago: He not only refused to sell us coffee...More

Date of visit: September 2018
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Reviewed August 23, 2018

Looking for the nearby bookstore on a first-time visit to San Francisco, we ended up just outside this cafe after hopping off our bus too early. Hoping to finally have a good strong cup of coffee we wandered in. Cannoli!? Ok lets share a Cannoli.....More

Date of visit: August 2018
Thank jmn_nz
Reviewed August 15, 2018

This cannoli was amazing. They make them fresh in front of you, so they're not sitting and never soggy. They finish it with a little candied orange drizzle which is the perfect compliment to the chocolate.

Date of visit: June 2018
Thank Go2theZoo
Reviewed August 5, 2018 via mobile

We went for a coffee after breakfast. The Danesi latte was great. Also had a taste of one of the delicious Italian sodas. The staff is friendly and helpful.

Date of visit: August 2018
Thank Fiat5cento
Reviewed July 14, 2018 via mobile

So this was our last stop on our food tour for tbe day... I'm Italian and don't write let alone go to Italian restaurants.. this little cafe is a dessert cafe that had the freshest Cannoli's I have ever had. The Coffee was wonderful and...More

Date of visit: July 2018
Thank Extraordinary805624
Reviewed July 8, 2018

Excellent latte, I wish that I had ordered the largest cup. Such a big difference from Starbucks! The real deal. The tiramisu was excellent as well. An great place to stop if you're looking for a great cup of coffee.

Date of visit: July 2018
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