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Friday, May 25, 2007

Retro Chic: Leva Capuccino Bar

Since our failed attempt to try them back in December, I've been itching to visit the newly-renovated Leva Capuccino Bar (11053 86 Avenue). So on a windy Friday, Bettina and I ventured back in the direction of the University campus.

It turns out their grand re-opening took place on March 24, and in addition to renovations, they also revamped their menu. As this was my first time at Leva, I'm not sure what it looked like prior to its facelift, but I can say that the new space is very chic. With a clean black and white color scheme, accented with orange chairs and fabulous crystal chandeliers, it has a younger, but similar vibe to Caffè Sorrentino. The order counter (save the LCD panels), is designed with a 70s touch, anchoring the cafe with a retro feel. Also of note is their selection of food magazines, including Gourmet Traveller and Donna Hay - definitely not your average coffee shop collection!

In addition to the baked goods and artisan gelato, Leva also offers several salads, panini sandwiches, and pizzas. Never being able to pass up a good Margherita, I gave it a try. Made to order, the pizza was great (and better than the one I had at Earls a few weeks ago), in large part due to the light and crispy crust. The creamy bocconcini cheese was a delicious alternative to the more commonly used mozzarella, and really served to make this pizza special. My accompanying iced coffee was just that, but included just the right amount of added sweetener, cutting through the usual bitterness associated with the drink.

Just a short walk from the University, Leva is worth a try if you're in the area.

Cafe exterior


Order counter

Margherita Pizza

Bettina's treats (of which I sampled as well - the blueberry ricotta tart was the best of the three)

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Anonymous May said...

Funny how we both went there that night and missed each other.

The gelato display was cute. Instead of the usual name tags displayed, they had props on top of the gelato. For example, the peanut butter and jelly gelato had what I thought was brown playdoe and maple syrup. LOL

The strawberry and peach gelato was great. Good place to get gelato.

May 27, 2007 at 2:46 PM  
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May 28, 2007 at 12:12 AM  

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