Judging from the increasing number of shops pouring coffee in this town, Armonk is no longer the sleepy village it was a decade ago. Main street is bustling with folks on the go, and few are more animated than those leaving Tazza Café, an espresso and coffee bar.
Customers need go no farther than the front door to catch the heady, slightly bitter, chocolate scent of the dark bean — and there is no turning back.
James Monica, the owner, has installed a first-rate espresso machine at the counter of this pleasant corner shop, reminiscent of coffee bars throughout Italy, where customers pop in throughout the day for a shot of high-test espresso. But Tazza offers more than a quick caffeine hit. Mr. Monica says that gentler cappuccinos and lattes are equally appealing to his patrons, many of whom like to add chocolate or eggnog or one of the other available flavorings.
A display case shows off the freshly baked goods of the day — scones, croissants and muffins. Wraps, some low-fat, can be made to order, if none on display suit, and paninis stand ready to be grilled. Quiche of the day, salads — turkey Cobb, Mediterranean chicken, Italiano, to name a few — as well as other items can be packed up to go or enjoyed at one of Tazza’s tables. The breakfast menu is particularly appealing and includes pancakes, hallah French toast, hot oatmeal and a breakfast panini of egg, cheese and bacon.
Whole beans for more than a dozen different coffees, a large collection of teas in pretty tins, cookies and mugs are also for sale.
Tazza Café, 400 Main Street, Armonk; (914) 273-0788. For ordering ahead of time or for large orders fax (914) 273-0789. Open Monday to Saturday, 6:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Sunday, 7:00 a.m. to 5 p.m. M.H. REED