Capriccio Café serves up gourmet coffee, unique eats


Owner Marco Sironi, left, and manager Patrick Tatum opened Capriccio Café July 18. The café offers gourmet coffee, as well as unique sandwiches, salads and desserts.

Published: Thursday, August 8, 2013 at 04:55 PM.

Marco Sironi knows coffee. From his first coffee shop in Milan, Italy, to his newest, Capriccio Café in Destin, Sironi has always tried to offer both the best local and international brews he can find.

Sironi first visited the Gulf Coast in 1984. He decided then that he wanted to live here one day. That dream came true last year, when he moved to Fort Walton Beach from Philadelphia, Pa.          

“I like Philadelphia, but I don’t like, too much, the people (and) their mentality there,” Sironi told The Log. “I always wanted to come to Florida.”

Soon after moving, Sironi noticed there weren’t many local coffee shops on Destin’s main thoroughfare. This was a welcomed surprise to Sironi, who still owns a coffee shop in Philadelphia.

“I’m surprised there aren’t more coffee shops, where people can grab a coffee and go; or grab a coffee, sit down a moment, use the Wi-Fi or their tablet and enjoy their coffee,” Sironi said. 

Sironi serves an Italian brand of espresso called Segafredo Zanetti. For coffee, he gets his beans from Lucky Goat Coffee, which is headquartered in Tallahassee.

The quality brews at Capriccio Café, located just off East Highway 98 on Gulf Shore Drive in Destin, were even good enough to lure away Patrick Tatum, a long-time employee of a certain Seattle, Wash.-based coffeehouse chain.  

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