Finding a decent cup of coffee or quick lunch while shopping in tourist-heavy Soho can be a drag. Thankfully this two-story café fulfills both needs, with espresso drinks from Italian roasters Illy and pressed Panini sandwiches on focaccia or ciabatta bread. Those sandwiches come stuffed with ingredients like prosciutto di parma, fresh mozzarella, smoked turkey and bresaola. Most of the ingredients and specialty items for sale are sourced from Italy, like the Ta chocolates from Milan and De Cecco pasta from Fara San Martino. Also on the menu: sweet stuff like muffins and brownies as well as milkshakes and fruit smoothies. The space is bright and airy, little tables on the second floor looking down over the balcony onto the crowds of people below. The café even occasionally hosts art openings for the artists whose work hangs on the walls and live music from guitarists and other musicians.—Keith Wagstaff
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