Wednesday, January 18, 2006

New Restaurant in Palo Alto

Wow. The Chronicle's Food section is all over the Peninsula today! Here's another item from the Inside Scoop:

Caffe del Doge a Venice-based coffee roaster and cafe has opened at 419 University Ave. (near Waverly) in Palo Alto.

What's unusual about this coffeehouse is that customers can choose which kind of beans they want for their espresso from a staggering 10 or more choices, and how they'd like it prepared: straight up, or in a variety of fancy coffee "cocktails" like espresso Marco Polo ($2.50), a spiced espresso with cream or Caffe Pedrocchi ($3.70), espresso with mint cream.

Besides coffee, the 50-seat cafe serves a selection of cured Italian meats, salads, panini and aperitivi.

The cafe is now open daily from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., but may stay open later in the near future.