Caffè Vergnano 1882 is a coffee company with a long and prestigious history; it was founded in Italy way back in, you guessed it, 1882. The company began as a small grocer’s shop in a little Italian town at the foot of the Turin hills, set up by the grandfather of current owner, Domenico Vergnano.
Currently, Caffè Vergnano 1882 has over 40 cafes in 15 countries around the world; its coffee shops are present in major international cities – from Milan to London to Paris to New York to Hong Kong.
Located on West Broadway & Trafalgar in Kitsilano, Caffè Vergnano 1882 is where you can taste “the perfect espresso”. It’s the ideal place for discovering the aroma and atmosphere of Italian coffee or for taking a lunch break of traditional Italian dishes.
Different from a regular North American style coffeehouse, Caffè Vergnano 1882 is a European coffee bar where instead of placing your order at the counter, you enter, you sit down at a table, and a server comes to you with menus.
We stopped by for lunch one afternoon and ordered some coffees and sandwiches. Its decor is crisp and clean, and the shop is impeccably taken care of. Napkins were neatly folded, and all sugars, sweeteners and dishes were branded with the Caffe Vergnano 1882 logo.
Iced Americano ($2.50) – The espresso was very nice: smooth and rich, without being bitter or burnt. Latte ($3.50) – My beverage was served with the shot of espresso on the side, and I was required to pour it into the warm and frothy milk myself. Perhaps this is a feature unique to Caffè Vergnano 1882 coffee shops? The milk was only warm, so I would have preferred if it had been hotter.
Capicolo Panini ($9.00) – This delicious, lightly toasted panini included capicolo (a traditional Calabrian Italian cold cut; similar to prosciutto except capicolo is solely pork from the shoulder or neck), roasted red bell peppers, green leaf lettuce, sliced vine-ripened tomatoes, cheese and mayo. Served with spicy olives on the side.
Honey Ham Panini ($9.00) – A generous amount of honey ham, tomatoes, green leaf lettuce, melted cheese and mayo. The sandwich was lightly grilled, but warmed throughout. Like the capicolo, this panini was also served with spicy and tasty Italian green olives.
Overall, Caffe Vergnano 1882 is the perfect spot to sip espresso or enjoy a leisurely afternoon lunch. We’ll definitely return!