Opening in April 2009 on the site of the former Eatcetera (they still retained their frozen yogurt machines), “eat” still seems the theme at this Financial District salad and panini shop. We’ve long been hoping for an Eataly to move into town, and this would barely cover their bathrooms. But it’s definitely an improvement over its previous resident.

Entering L'Eataliano Inside L'Eataliano

The L'Eataliano espresso - and classic Mr. Espresso Nuova Point cupIt’s an open space with vast ceilings and signage climbing up the walls in back. For seating, they have a smaller area of modern stools and high tables. And they serve espresso: Mr. Espresso, in fact, from a two-group, old school Faema machine with Mr. Espresso branding.

They pull relatively large shots with a crema on the pale side, but it’s of a decent thickness. It has a stronger, potent flavor of pepper and tobacco, and it’s served in rare “Mr. Espresso Collection ’95″ Nuova Point cups. There are even large bags of Mr. Espresso beans for sale. A decent choice if you’re nearby and want something convenient that isn’t half-bad.

Read the review of L’Eataliano.