803 24th Ave. S.E.
Hours of operation
Weekdays 6 a.m.-5 p.m.
Weekends 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Charming doesn't begin to describe Caffe Rosso, a coffee house that bakes its own bread and offers free wireless Internet. Staff are so warm they melted the snow that clung to my coat.
Located in a squat cafeteria building in front of an old foundry, the cafe is the Ramsay neighbourhood's not-so-secret gem. The lunch menu is limited to six paninis ($8), but they all go well with the Illy espresso pulled here.
The Sicilian tuna on marble rye had all the right punctuations from capers, green olives, and Swiss cheese, along with dashes of artichokes and spinach.
Smoked prosciutto is a nice change from the regular salty pork in the "perfecto panini" which came on a nice ciabatta bread with melty mozzarella, baby arugula, tomatoes and pesto.
Both sandwiches were paired with cute cups of pickles and olives.
For an even quicker lunch, scones, cakes and other treats are also available.
Swirly hearts and swimming swans adorn the foamy tops of hot lattes. Did I mention Caffe Rosso is charming?