Our Espresso in Torino and Piemonte series returns to Asti, Italy for a café known more for its food than the espresso it serves per se. However, its espresso is good enough to have earned it a respectable 2 chicchi rating from Gambero Rosso (in addition to its 2 tazzine rating).

Entrance to Bar Lo Stregatto in Asti

This is a popular lunch spot with the locals. The friendly owners serve espresso from their two-group Faema E61 Legend at the bar. It has a darker crema with a large white spot, indicating some heat control issues, and the body could be thicker. It’s still a good cup, and it has a solid flavor of medium spice and some pepper. They use, and strongly support, Caffè Aymorè beans from an obscure roaster in Alessandria. Priced for the locals at €0.80 a tazzina.

Read the review of Bar Lo Stregatto.

Bar Lo Stregatto's Faema E61 Legend at work The Bar Lo Stregatto espresso