Sciue is probably my hands down favorite ‘coffeehouse’ in Vancouver BC. Sciue, pronounced Shoe-eh is actually Italian (or Roman) slang for Good & Fast…
This excellent Italian bakery Caffè was started by two Italians from Rome, Davide Bonamici and Alessandro Fonseca. Davide was one of the former directors of Torrefazione, which is the coffee chain that Starbucks bought (via their acquisition of Seattle’s Best Coffee Company) then turned around and shut down. This I think was foolish on the part of Starbucks, but the silver lining is that mistake actually created a number of great Italian style cafes in Seattle, Portland, San Fransisco New York and of course Vancouver BC.
There are four things that I like about Sciue.
- The espresso drinks are excellent. Whenever I stop by, I always order a latte and I can tell you with absolute certainly, these guys know how to make an excellent latte. After you’ve had one, you’ll wonder why you ever patronized Starbucks. They serve Caffè Umbria, which has become one of my top three coffee bean roasters with regards to quality, freshness and flavor.
- The food served at Sciue is also excellent and feels very authentic. It ranges from savory to sweet and what I really like about it is that even if you haven’t been to Italy, you kind of feel that this is what everyday Italian cooking looks and tastes like. For example, it was at Sciue that I first saw and ordered Pane Romano which is sort of like a pizza except instead of being round, theirs is rectangular and very tasty. As I was talking to Davide about their food he said that Scuie is all about simple, traditional and good Italian fare. Or as they describe it on their website, traditional Roman street food. Check out their website for their full menu
- I really love the interior design and the colors they chose. They have more of a modern look and feel to their shop, and for those of you in the know, you might just recognize some of the ceramic ware sitting on the shelf that gives a clue as to their Torrefazione roots
- They are a very friendly group of folks. Even though they tend to get very busy, they are very welcoming engaging and polite and will chat with you although don’t expect them to keep chatting away with you while they have other customers waiting in line to place or pick up their orders.
All in all, I can’t say enough good things about the place. I will certainly recommend that if you find yourself in Vancouver BC, certainly make it a point to stop there for a latte and a pastry, or even lunch.