Drinking good Italian coffee is a unique experience. Taste it and you know you’re not in Starbucks land anymore.
In his new café, Mr. Kicco Coffee, in the heart of Beverly Hills, Enzo Apa has done it right. An Italian from Calabria, his café reflects his personality; friendly and warm with a lot of Italian charm.
The walls are covered with lovely black and white photographs Apa took of Italian landmarks. The furniture, the counters, the coffee machines, the roasting of the coffee beans, the meats and cheeses in his paninis, the pasta, the desserts (for something special, try the cassata, a gelato based dessert with dried fruit), all imported from Italy. Mr. Kicco also offers gourmet salads.
And, the coffee, well, it’s delicious. A lovely reminder of the Italian café you visited in Roma. The cappuccino is presented in a glass cup, so you can see the layers of coffee, then foam and chocolate on top. It's a beautiful sight. The foam is stiff, thick and rich. In fact, a half hour later, the foam was still right there, in the glass.
There are one to two daily specials each day. Today, it is a thick, meaty, layered lasagna. For Valentine’s day, heart shaped spinach and ricotta ravioli in a pink sauce. The best bargains are the Panini's, which are named after Italian cities, in generous portions and priced reasonably.
Mr; Kicco sells bags of their own roasted coffee beans, as well as Italian espresso machines.
The most favored drink? The Kiccoccino, an ice blended with black tea. They also offer fruit shakes, which are very popular, and frappe’s.
And who is Mr. Kicco? He is Mr. Apa’s creation. A cute little running coffee bean with a gold crown, arms and legs.
So, next time you're shopping or walking on Wilshire (or nearby) take a break and stop into Mr. Kicco’s.
You won’t be sorry.
Mr. Kicco Coffee is open 8 a.m. to 7p.m. daily
9679 Wilshire Blvd.
(Across from Sak’s men)
Street parking. Delivery available. $$$