Caffe Trieste grand opening

Sonia Giotta, daughter of the founder of Caffe Trieste, speaks at the grand opening of San Joses new Caffe Trieste store, while the new stores owner and the Berkeley store owner look on.

Sonia Giotta, daughter of the founder of Caffe Trieste, speaks at the grand opening of San Jose's new Caffe Trieste store, while the new store's owner and the Berkeley store owner look on.

In an event I’ve been anticipating for months, really since I had the best Americano ever at the Berkeley Caffe Trieste more than a year ago, Caffe Trieste‘s new San Jose store held its grand opening today. I’d heard the San Jose store was “coming soon” early this year, and I had been checking the storefront regularly for signs of life. Apparently I didn’t check often enough, because they actually opened a couple of weeks ago, and I didn’t know about it until I saw the grand opening party announced in the Mercury this morning.

The North Beach Caffe Trieste house band was there, and it was planned for the head of the Caffe Trieste family, “Papa Gianni” Giotta to be on hand and sing his favorite operatic arias. Unfortunately, Papa Gianni fell ill at the last moment, and wasn’t able to attend. His daughter Sonia was there, along with Arturo (whose last name I missed), owner of the Berkeley store.

Tenor Christopher Bengochea performed an aria from Rigoletto.

Tenor Christopher Bengochea performed an aria from Rigoletto.

Papa Gianni’s musical place was taken by Christopher Bengochea, a much-praised tenor, recently with Opera San Jose. Lory Stark, recently with San Jose Civic Light Opera, also performed a pair of arias.

The new store is centrally located on 1st Street, near San Carlos. They have plenty of seating, with a ground floor and upper balcony. About six staff behind the counter were struggling to keep up with the party crowd, but remained in control. The coffee was excellent, dark espresso, served in Italian style. A macchiato here is a single espresso, “marked” with a dollop of dry milk foam, not a syrupy flavored drink. If you like Peet’s, you’ll definitely want to stop in and try Caffe Trieste.

With the long-awaited arrival of Peet’s, eMocha Cafe across from City Hall, Bijan near Plaza Cesar Chavez, and now Caffe Trieste, downtown San Jose now has plenty of great coffee shops to choose from.

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  1. oboeinsight » Blog Archive » Coffee! (pingback) on August 16th, 2008 @ 8:04 pm

    […] just read of a new coffee shop right near the California Theatre. Or so it appears. Very nice. The article also mentioned that Christopher Bengochea, recently of Opera San José, sang at the opening (which […]



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