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Behind The Bar: Menotti’s in Venice, CA

By BRIANNA CICCOTELLI

Walking into a coffee shop you’ve never been to before can be a daunting task. Will you like the coffee? Will you like the barista? Will you like the atmosphere? Introducing our new Behind the Bar series where we will highlight some of our favorite coffee shops, the baristas behind the magic, and the specialty drinks that make each coffee shop unique.

First up, we’re spotlighting LA by introducing you to Menotti’s located in the beautiful Venice, California! Located on one of the busiest streets in all of the United States with a stellar view of the Venice Beach boardwalk, Menotti’s is one of the most iconic coffee shops in all of Venice. Mix in some of the highest quality Cat & Cloud Coffee based out of Santa Cruz and a few award-winning baristas and you’ve got yourself a coffee shop worthy of every visit—and every sip.

Excited to try out Menotti’s, but not sure where to begin? We have got you covered! We’re going to break down some of the finest drinks on the menu—The Caffé Rico, Espresso and Tonic, The #2 Pencil, and The Spanish Latte. Hand-selected by Nicely—the head barista—himself, these are some of the drinks that keep the locals coming back and the newcomers dying to step foot into Menotti’s.

The Caffé Rico

The Caffé Rico features shots of espresso with a homemade vanilla syrup for a touch of sweetness. Mix in some steamed half n’ half milk and orange zest, top with a dusting of cinnamon, and you’ve got yourself a Caffé Rico!

Espresso and Tonic

Looking for a way to drink vodka tonic in the morning? Drop the vodka and add some espresso! Shots of espresso dropped into a Fever Tree tonic water bottle with an orange expression is what you can expect when ordering an Espresso and Tonic. How’s that for a pick-me-up in the morning?

The #2 Pencil

Have you ever wondered what makes good ‘ol #2 pencils so special? We aren’t so sure but Menotti’s is! That’s why you should continue the favoritism of the #2 pencil and order The #2 Pencil! At Menotti’s, The #2 Pencil is so special because it’s a 5oz/135ml cappuccino with a gram of Schizandu Organics activated charcoal incorporated before the steamed milk is poured.

The Spanish Latte

Last, but certainly not least, perhaps the most popular drink on the menu—The Spanish Latte! This legendary drink is inspired by how Nicely’s grandma drank her coffee. Featuring sweetened condensed milk, shots of espresso, steamed milk, and a sprinkle of cinnamon, could it be any more appealing? Say it with us now—delicioso!

Stop by Menotti’s today at 56 Windward Ave. in Venice, CA anytime between 7am and 6pm and be sure to say hello to Nicely for us. We’ll let the drinks do the rest of the talking.

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