Faema is like the Rolls-Royce showroom for espresso and cappuccino machines. Headquartered at Dupont Street, they sell beautiful ones that run into the thousands of dollars.
Too rich for me, but they do have a wonderful, kid-friendly cafe next door to the main showroom. It takes up a most of the ground floor of an office building (so you have to go into the lobby to access the bathrooms).
Most of the round tables are set up for two or four people, so our group of two families with four kids moved some tables together to fit.
The breakfasts are decent, and I’m glad there are no lineups. But it’s really the pizzas that were fantastic. Plus the kids enjoyed watching them being made next to the oven.
The margherita pizza ($12.95) and another with ham, bacon and salami had that perfect chewy thin crust. The kids steadily made their way through the pizzas, even chomping on the last slices as we were walking out the door.
What surprised us the most was the deceivingly simple grilled chicken penne ($15.95), which was technically for the children. The pesto cream sauce was so addictive that most of us adults were eating the pasta leftovers even though we were stuffed.
Faema is not fancy, but doesn’t need to be. Solid food and service, and a nice large noisy dining room so families can seamlessly blend in.
Faema Caffe, 672 Dupont St., Toronto, (416) 535-7147. Open Monday to Thursday 8 a.m.-11 p.m., Friday and Saturday 8 a.m. to midnight, Sunday 8 a.m. to 11 p.m.