Italian charm is not enough

Francesco's Coffee Company
857 Bank St.


Social lunch: Yes

  • Client negotiations: Yes

  • Price range: $

  • Rating: 2 out of 5

    Francesco's is a small, independent coffee house in the Glebe that specializes in freshly roasted gourmet coffee.

    The ambiance is cosy with dark walls, wrought-iron tables and wooden chairs, giving it that old world Italian charm.

    I ordered the soup-and-sandwich combo for the reasonable price of $6.95. The vegetable soup was brimming with potatoes, carrots, green pepper, cabbage, beans and more. It was generous and filling. The bun on the side was warm but slightly stale.

    As for the turkey and Swiss panini, it was thin, with more bread than filling. Buried between the less-than-generous portion of turkey and cheese was lettuce. Warm iceberg lettuce is not pleasant.

    For dessert, I craved some chocolate. Unfortunately, the brownie was dry and stale and not worth more than one bite.

    But the coffee was perfect: dark, bitter and lively. This craft roaster knows coffee, but needs to develop its bites.

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