This bright, cheerful, brand-new hangout is paying homage to the fine art, high science and beloved tradition of Italian coffee culture. And it doesn't hurt that they're sporting one of the best Italian espresso machines on the market.Looking for some sort of venti soy white chocolate frappe-macchiato-ccino (with extra whip) concoction? Look anywhere else in Dunwoody, because Crema Cafe don't play that game. This bright, cheerful, brand-new hangout is paying homage to the fine art, high science and beloved tradition of Italian coffee culture. And it doesn't hurt that they're sporting one of the best Italian espresso machines on the market, the La Marzocco: a handsome, dark red specimen built by hand in Florence and steered with expertise by Crema's trained baristas. They call it "the Rolls-Royce of espresso machines;" we tend to see it more as a Ferrari. Either way, one thing's for sure: that sleek contraption and the baristas behind it can whip up one heck of a macchiato. And no, that doesn't come with caramel drizzle on top.
After falling in love with the experience of true Italian espresso shops, but having a hard time finding anything quite like it in the 'burbs, the well-traveled gentlemen behind this place decided to give Dunwoody a way to experience it for themselves. And in an area where one might occasionally have to resort to either QuikTrip Big Gulps or sugar-laden Starbucks drinks, Crema's focus on pure, simple Italian methodology is getting quite the warm welcome. (Especially from the Italian crowd—Yossi tells us they already have a handful of expat regulars who appreciate that perfect crema atop their espressos.)
But what's a steaming mug of cappuccino without a little something to snack on by your side? Happily, Crema is equally adept with its sandwiches, salads and sweets as it is with that majestic beast of an espresso machine. The menu runs the gamut in cafe fare, from Italian caprese sandwiches and Nicoise salads to rich quiches and hearty pastas (and let us not forget those decadent French pastries beckoning from behind the counter). It's a welcome—and long-awaited—spot to cozy up to a warm espresso, nibble on a buttery, flaky croissant, or maybe even enjoy a full meal (like the cafe's hard-to-pass-up $10 pasta and salad dinner special, available after 6 p.m.), all in a comfortable cafe that's worlds away from the chain coffee shops of yore.
Espresso Macchiato, $2 - $3
Crema Macchiatone, $2 - $3
Classic Latte Macchiato, $3
Dinner Pasta & Salad Special, $10 after 6 p.m.
Daily, 7 a.m. to 11 p.m.