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Food Critic: Esperanto brings healthy takeaway to Kyiv

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Nov. 29, 2012, 10:49 p.m. | Food & Nightclubs — by Daria Zadorozhnaya

The speciality of Esperanto is that, in addition to cappuccino and a sandwich, clients can also purchase Italian products at reasonable prices – an idea that came to the director after a visit to Italy.
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Daria Zadorozhnaya

 Kyiv's coffee market is becoming increasingly crowded, with unique little shops to large franchises opening some new location almost every day. And each one is looking for that edge to make them stand out. For Esperanto, its bringing a wide range of Italian tastes to those craving more than just a good espresso.

The little cafe near Lvivska square first opened in December last year and quickly gained popularity among the capital's residents. The place's specialty is that, in addition to cappuccino and a sandwich, clients can also purchase Italian products at reasonable prices – an idea that came to the director after a visit to Italy.

 The range of products includes: imported mozzarella, prosciutto, pasta, coffee and other Italian goods. You can also grab a fresh salad or sandwich with lemonade, filling one of the biggest gaps on the Kyiv food scene: Places where you can quickly get a healthy meal to go.

Part of a franchise first set up in Dnipropetrovsk, where the chain already operates six cafes, this is Esperanto's first venture into the capital. According to the manager, Tatiana, another one is set to open in January, also in the center.

The Italian atmosphere hits you straight upon entry. Bags of coffee,  bottles of wine, olive oils, sauces, and cheeses fill the room. Appetizing salads and sandwiches are found on shelves, a delight both for the eyes and nose.

The staff is both helpful and knowledgeable about each product. Together with a friend, I picked a salad with prosciutto cured ham for Hr 23 with curry sauce (Hr 3), cheesecake (Hr 17) and a cherry strudel (Hr 15), as well as a fragrant sandwich with Provence herbs and olives (Hr 14) and a cappuccino (Hr 16).

We decided to eat right there in the small cafe area. Salad consisted of cherry tomatoes, mozzarella, prosciutto, grated Parmesan cheese and lettuce that was both tasty and fresh. The desserts and cappuccino were not extraordinary but were good.

You can take lunch to go or taste it at the small café area.

Disposable cutlery and cups took away from the experience, but the venue is primarily focused on takeaway.

Before leaving, I bought 100 grams of Neapolitan salami for Hr 22 to enjoy a small taste of Italy at home.

If you are looking for a quick and healthy meal, especially an Italian one, drop by Esperanto. You just might find me there, too.

Kyiv Post staff writer Daria Zadorzhnaya can be reached at zadorozhnaya@kyivpost.com

To view the products catalog or additional information visit http://esperanto.in.ua

+38 067 543 3508

11 Artema Str.

Lunch to go and coffee: approximately Hr 60

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