Editor’s note: This article was initially published in The Daily Gazette, Swarthmore’s online, daily newspaper founded in Fall 1996. As of Fall 2018, the DG has merged with The Phoenix. See the about page to read more about the DG.
Da Vinci’s Cafe, formerly known as the Cheese Court, offers (in theory) an assortment of gourmet sandwiches, baked goods, and coffee-based drinks. They have a reputation for being a bit pricey, as far as a student budget is concerned, but for making up for their high prices with a bit of cozy ambiance and free WiFi. Where else could you munch a tomato and mozzarella sandwich while chilling on a comfy couch, looking at paintings by local artists, and surfing the ‘net?
Well, not at Da Vinci’s – at least, not any more. Recent research (a visit for lunch) shows that while prices remain the same, Da Vinci’s has cut its atmosphere, its staff, as well as most of its menu and stock. When I went, they were out of vegetarian chili, non-vegetarian soup, chicken, and American cheese. I ended up with a grilled cheese (decent, but nothing to write home about) and wondered why I’d bothered getting out of bed.
Think of how Sharples feels during the days leading up to a long break, and imagine that feeling turned into a restaurant, and you’ve got Da Vinci’s. Bleak, overpriced, and you can get free wireless at Dunkin’ Donuts.