By Ajea Stupart & Alex Balletto – 1851 Staff
Strolling into an authentic Italian-style café in Boston is becoming easier than ever. Caffè Nero is the place to go if you are looking to travel from Boston to Europe in the blink of an eye.
Twenty years ago, Gerry Ford, the founder of Caffè Nero, had a desire to spread the tradi- tional Italian café across Europe. That vision has since crossed the Atlantic and landed in Boston.
The smell of Italian coffee and pastries is now enticing café lovers throughout the city. With four locations from the Jamaica Plain to Downtown Crossing, Caffè Nero is easy to find and all are accessible by the MBTA.
When you enter Caffè Nero’s Downtown Crossing location, you’ll realize it is not your average Starbucks or Dunkin’ Donuts.
The café’s warm, library atmosphere, is a great place to do homework, conduct an in- terview, or simply people watch while sipping high-quality Italian coffee. Between delicious fresh pastries, espressos, smoothies, and lattes, you may have a hard time deciding what to order. Their extensive menu, displayed on tall chalkboards, won’t leave you unsatisfied. Drink prices range from $3.00 to $5.00, the variety of fresh sandwiches range from $7.00 to $9.00. Their most popular coffee, the Mocha Frappé Latte is a cool $4.15.
Although Caffè Nero in Downtown Cross- ing has only been open since last May, it attracts a diverse crowd of young adults, tourists, and college students. Caffè Nero experiences their busiest times during the lunch hour, as city professionals and Emerson College and Suffolk Uni- versity students are on break.
Whether you are going to meet up with friends, grab a quick coffee, or catch up on homework, Caffè Nero is the place to be without the cost of a trip to Italy.
Caffè Nero’s Downtown Crossing location is found at 560 Washington Street in Boston and is off the Park Street green line T stop.