Joseph O'Brien 10 p.m., Sept. 20
Grazie e arrivederci: Caffe Vergnano 1882
Sadly, Caffe Vergnano 1882, the Italian coffee shop on Fifth Avenue, just off University, is no more.
I'd been there a few times, and had excellent coffee for a reasonable price. It was one of the few places in San Diego that could make a proper Americano. But the signs weren't good, on my last visit, the hours had been drastically cut.
It would be easy to say that Caffe Vergnano couldn't survive with a Starbucks a half block away, and maybe that played a part in it. It could be that we Americans like our big chalkboard menus, instead of the flip card kind, or that we don't like it when prices aren't displayed, and don't like to ask. Most likely, it's that and a lot more. Or, who knows, sometimes life throws a curve ball and you have to make huge changes in a hurry.
Whatever the reasons, to Hector, the owner, migliori auguri!