Tour Partner Spotlight: 10 Italian Cafe
In today’s partner spotlight, we’ll take a look at a great way to experience Italy in Carytown: 10 Italian Cafe!
10 Italian Cafe owner Claudio moved to Richmond from Italy nearly 20 years ago, and recently decided to bring some of the Italian lifestyle here. He began simply enough, serving espresso out of a cart on VCU’s campus, before graduating into a permanent coffee shop called Caffespresso, located in Richmond’s West End. But still, something was calling Claudio to Carytown and it’s European feel.
So in 2014, he jumped on the opportunity to open a second cafe. 10 Italian Cafe (or just ’10’ for short) acts as a portal directly to northern Italy, right in the heart of Carytown. Serving a variety of paninis on homemade focaccia bread and a selection of italian desserts, 10 is the perfect place to sit on the patio and sip espresso until noon, at which point it becomes the perfect place to sit on the patio and sip wine. Add in language classes, currently held every Wednesday night, and there’s no place more Italian in all of Richmond.
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When you visit 10 during the Carytown Sweets Tour, you’ll have the opportunity to sample one of the cafe’s three daily homemade desserts: tiramisu with a unique twist, cannolis drizzled in chocolate sauce, or chocolate salami – a homemade creation of melted chocolate, almonds, and ladyfingers (don’t worry, there’s no actual salami)! The Carytown Food Tour also occasionally stops at 10, where a selection of paninis and pfizzinis are on offer.
Something Else To Try
When visiting 10 on your own, we recommend a panini – the Genovese, with roasted turkey, pesto, and provolone on Claudio’s signature focaccia is a favorite. If you’re looking for a sweet beverage, go with the Eurochocolate – probably the most delicious dessert drink ever created. And real fruit smoothies are a great option during the summer.
10 Italian Cafe is located in Carytown, at 3200 W. Cary St. There is on-street parking and a nearby parking lot at the Cary Court Park & Shop Center.
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