Went to Cafe Vivace on Capitol Hill for the first time today. Very cool place with great coffee, er, espresso. It's an important distinction because they serve no drip coffee at Cafe Vivace. It's all espresso drinks. And it it top quality. I had an Americano and it was the first one I've ever had that didn't make me pucker up or shudder because of the bitterness.
The space is good, too. Lots of room, lots of seating. they have counter space along the windows and each section is a different type of Italian marble, which is pretty cool as well. It's a little loud, largely because of the music. I found myself talking too loudly a couple times.
Oh, and they roast their own beans right there in the store in a glass enclosed room so you can go check it out if you're curious about roasting.
But if you love a good espresso and are on Capitol Hill you need to check this place out.