Returning to our reviews of espresso in Napoli and the Amalfi Coast…
The tiny coastal village of Minori has roots dating as far back as a Roman Maritime Archeological Villa established here at sea level in the 1st century B.C. (and excavated only since 1932). Minori is also home to the venerated remains of a female martyr from Sicily, Saint Trofimena, whose bones washed ashore in an urn here during the 9th century — inspiring a nearby basilica that bears her name.
Perhaps a more modern place of worship in town is Pasticceria Sal de Riso. Since 1908, the De Riso family has operated a bar/tobacconist’s shop in the heart of Minori. They earned a reputation along the entire Amalfi Coast for the gelati and lemon granita they made. The latest generation is embodied in Salvatore De Riso, who started this seaside confectionary in 1989 and has grown its operations and reputation ever since. In 2010-2011, this was named the “Pasticcere dell’Anno” — or the Italian national pastry shop of the year.
It’s located right in front of the Basilica di Santa Trofimena, in the center of the small town, and it offers seating upstairs and ample piazza seating out front overlooking the beach. In addition to their nationally recognized pastries, they also serve gelato, various liquors at their full bar, panini, and — of course — espresso.
Using a large, three-group La Cimbali M39, they pull short shots at a higher serving temperature with a medium to darker brown crema and a lighter heat spot on the surface. Using Trucillo coffee from Salerno, they produce a cup (an elegant one made by Tafelstern, btw) that has a pungent flavor with strong herbal elements. An inexpensive €0.90 for espresso at a café rated 2 tazzine and 2 chicchi in the 2014 Bar d’Italia.
Read the review of Sal de Riso in Minori, Italy.
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