For a start to dining out in the new year we checked out Biscotti Cafe on 30 Front St S. Thorold, which could become known as a local version of Starbucks. We arrived at around 10:30 a.m. on Monday, January 6, 2020.
The loyal locals were friendly and chatted about their holidays and Downtown happenings. Biscotti Cafe customers even debate that our local hotspot is a breakfast favourite. So I was excited to taste the cafe experience.Jon-Paul Carfagnini, MY Thorold, Food Writer
Biscotti Cafe is also very well known for their custom blended coffee, which they brew with precision for java lovers.
Biscotti owner, Nick Dell’omo blends different types of beans for their coffee products; 6 for the light roast and 4 for the dark roast. They grind the beans daily in-house in pursuit of a fresher taste.
The custom blend of coffee enables Biscotti to brew a distinct tasting hot beverage that separates them from other shops. For local coffee fans, Biscotti definitely is the place to go for a morning meal and chat.
Cafe Reminds Me of Starbucks
A comfortable environment was one of the first things I noticed on arrival. Patrons get comfortable in cozy chairs, and connect to the free WiFi to work on a mobile device. The cafe reminds me very much of Starbucks in this regard.
Attentive Service – Darlene & Alyssa
We enjoyed attentive service by Darlene and Alyssa. The duo welcomed us upon our arrival. They invited us to chose a table before quickly wiping it clean as another customer was just leaving the spot we wanted.
It looks like the menu was created with the Keep It Simple System (K.I.S.S.). The breakfast menu simply covers the basics with nothing too fancy, while offering a classic Belgian Waffle topped with whipped cream and a choice of blueberries or raspberries. Pancakes, omelettes, oatmeal, French Toast, Breakfast Sandwich or bagel round out their morning menu.
Full Breakfast Special – $6.50
I tried their Full Breakfast Special ($6.50), which offers a choice of bacon or sausage with eggs, homefries, and toast.Apple juice was my choice of beverages to go with the meal.
I like my eggs scrambled, which were light and fluffy and the sausage was meaty and crispy. The meal definitely satisfied the appetite and budget.
On the Lunch menu there is a typical variety of soups, sandwiches, wraps, panini and other cafe-style foods.
Grilled Goat Cheese Panini – $11
I like to ask the servers what they recommend as their restaurant’s signature dish. So on Darlene’s suggestion, we ordered their famous Grilled Goat Cheese Panini ($11).
This beauty was stuffed with soft, creamy goat cheese and roasted red peppers, sliced red onions, a drizzle of balsamic dressing on focaccia bread. Imagine a tantalizing fusion of flavours and textures. The panini comes with a Garden Salad which was a good portion of nicely presented.
Americano Coffee – Full Bodied Jolt
Cheers to Great Coffee!
custom blends at Biscotti
Their coffee machine is set up to pour espresso, cappuccino, latte or Americano. My Dad ordered the Americano coffee, straight black, for us to sip. Made with espresso and hot water, Americano is strong and a different flavor from a regular brewed coffee. It punched up a bold full-bodied flavour for a powerful jolt. It seemed to stimulate his mood.Jon-Paul Carfagnini, MY Thorold, Food Writer