La Prima Espresso Co.- Strip District
205 21st St.
La Prima is about as classic as it gets. If you’re missing the old-world magnificence of Italian crafted espressos than go no further. Located in the heart of the Strip District, La Prima is a favorite in town, with many other coffee shops sourcing either their coffee or their espresso machines from them. It’s also attached to a pastry and pizza shop which has passable cannoli’s and mind blowing slices…so that’s always a bonus.
If you’re into flavored coffees and frosty blended concoctions then this may not be the right spot for your caffeine fix. La Prima’s menu is succinct. Coffee, shot of espresso, cappuccino, and a few others round out the menu. Fresh squeezed orange juice is available for those that haven’t the fortitude for a quality shot of liquid gold.
La Prima also is a constant presence in the community, partnering with programs to promote the instruction and use of Italian as well as promoting sustainability and green coffee sourcing.
The best aspects of La Prima, apart from their amazing espresso, would be their small selection of tables out front. On a busy day in the Strip, there’s nothing better than snagging one of these prized spots to sip and people watch in the sun. Inside has only a few standing tables only. No outlets here so make sure your devices are fully charged up before you visit, or put down the phone and join in on one of the card or domino games run by it’s faithful Italian-American customers.
Parking can be a challenge during the strip’s busy hours (lunch and the weekends) but if you time it right you’ll have no issue grabbing a cup on your way to work or around town.
La Prima is open:
Monday- Wednesday: 6-4,
and Sunday from 7-4.
If you’re not sure where exactly it is on the strip it’s down the street from the catholic Church on Smallman street, across from the Wes Banco bank.