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Espression by Lavazza Opens First U.S. Location in the Drake Hotel

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    Espression by Lavazza Opens First U.S. Location in the Drake Hotel
    Espression by Lavazza
    Espression by Lavazza's design scheme is sleek, contemporary and distinctly Italian.

    Need another coffeehouse concept like you need, well, another cup of coffee? You'll perk up for this one -- Espression by Lavazza (Italy's leading coffee company) is a European cafe with a fashionable look and a gourmet menu. Already a hit across the pond, Espression is opening its first U.S. venture on the arcade level of the Drake Hotel. Lucky us.

    Espression by Lavazza boasts a beyond-the-ordinary decor, boasting an energetic color palette of red, white and black, high-style Italian furnishings and dramatic scribble-esque artwork. The menu goes above-and-beyond the scone-and-salad set, as well, offering dishes conceived by Ferran Adria of the world-famous El Bulli and Moreno Cedroni. Expect to find hearty sandwiches such as a brie-and-prosciutto panini with fig and tangerine marmalade, gourmet entrees like a smoked salmon caprese and a tempting variety of fresh breads, croissants, muffins and cookies. 

    Coffee drinks are made with flair, of course, including the "Espesso," a mousse-like solid espresso created by chef Adria that won Time magazine's "Best Invention" award. Your move, Starbucks.