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Downtown Napa Café Adds Entertainment

Along with art shows and the weekly open mic, Molinari Caffé in downtown Napa is soon to start screening movies and vintage TV shows. Owner Rick Molinari also offers a custom coffee blend, gluten-free pastries and other alternative treats.

Napa Valley Patch readers knew what they were doing when they voted Molinari Caffé Napa's best coffee shop within weeks of its downtown debut.

Less than nine months after Rick Molinari opened for business, his place has become a Main Street mecca. 

"It is a lot of work, but I love it," he said.

Lawyers getting their caffeine fix before hearings at the nearby Napa County Criminal Courthouse, downtown workers fueling up before their shifts and book-scrutinizing students from Pacific Union College in Angwin are just some of Molinari's regular customers.

The creative community has also found a home at the caffé, where monthly exhibitions spotlight local artists like current exhibitors Richard Perot, Shelly Hanan and Mark Mattioli.

The caffé's Thursday night open mic, hosted by Jay Large, features musicians and poets and has growns so successful, Molinari says, "I'll probably have to buy more furniture just for the open mic."

He's also ordered a projector to show classic movies and nostalgia television shows on selected nights, Molinari said.

Located directly across Main Street from Veterans Memorial Park, Molinari Caffé serves all the usual coffee and espresso drinks with some unusual specialties like "the Nutella," a stunningly sweet confection made with a dollop of the famed hazelnut-milk-cocoa spread.

You can also order loose-leaf teas, French pressed for up to four minutes; but if you ask Molinari for chai, he will politely tell you he doesn't serve it.

For solid food, pastries, deviled eggs and sandwiches are on the menu along with gluten-free snacks and artfully-decorated cake pops.

Molinari, whose motto is "Death before decaf," serves Weaver's coffee and has created his own designer blend.

Vital Stats: Molinari Caffé, 815 Main St, Napa: 707) 927-3623; Email: info@molinaricaffe.com; Twitter: @Molinari_Caffe; Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Molinari-Caffe/209902049087964

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Ash Leigh December 17, 2012 at 04:09 PM
OOOhhhhh. I'm gonna have to check this out. I've been working so much, and busy with family and the holidays - I haven't had time to venture out. I think I can take a 15 minute break and stop in this spot. :)
Scott Yeager December 17, 2012 at 04:55 PM
What size screen did you order?
Kim Lloyd December 17, 2012 at 07:07 PM
Yea! Thank you Louisa for getting a shot of my cake pops in the article!!! -Kim Lloyd, Kim's Sweet Karma
Eric Muth December 17, 2012 at 07:13 PM
The coffee is great in there too!
Ash Leigh January 03, 2013 at 05:52 PM
I stopped in on Monday to try their Nutella espresso, which was sssooo delicious. What was even better, I had tried their apricot bars. It was such a huge slice, for about $2.50. Oh man, talk about a bite of heaven!
Louisa Hufstader (Editor) January 03, 2013 at 06:30 PM
Along with the sweet treats, the latest Molinari art and poetry show is also excellent: Giant portraits of artists by Kate Salenfriend and poems including one of the best modern villanelles I've ever read, "Night Shift at St. Jude's" by Stephen Sossamon, a writer who is new to me. Open Mic is tonight FYI.

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