Two months ago, I was completely unaware of La Stazione's existence. Then a job in the South Bay made me instantly (and intimately) familiar with Caltrain, the Dogpatch, and this Italian, micro-coffee and wine bar on the corner of 22nd and Pennsylvania. Around 6:45 most mornings, I stumble bleary-eyed through their doors for a cup of life-saving, Ritual coffee before my 40-minute commute to Menlo Park.
But even with its morningtime fresh fruit smoothies, Shazam Biscotti, and pastries from neighborhood favorite, Black Jet Baking, I prefer to visit La Stazione on my evening trip home. From 4 to 7 p.m., coffee takes a backseat to the happy hour wine and beer selections. The small, carefully-curated list from owners Alex Goretsky and Girolamo Aliotti features $3 bottled beers, $6 glasses of bubbly, and $15 wine carafes. And true to Aliotti's heritage, all the wines and two of the three beer options (Anchor Steam is the exception), hail from his native Italy.
On the weekends, La Stazione also offers an all-day mimosa happy hour. For $6, enjoy a glass of prosecco topped with organic orange juice, or indulge in a carafe for $11.50.
While the café is small, they have a handful of outdoor seats perfect for enjoying the final days of Indian summer. So whether you are a Caltrain commuter, or simply want to savor a small piece of Italian charm, La Stazione will quickly convince you that good, tasty things come in very small packages.
La Stazione, 701 Pennsylvania, is open Monday-Friday, 6 a.m.-9 p.m., and Saturday-Sunday: 9 a.m.-6 p.m.