Angelo Del Monte and 'Papa' Marianetti opened Ristorante Fior d'Italia, America's oldest Italian restaurant, on May 1, 1886, in the heart of San ... More
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Angelo Del Monte and 'Papa' Marianetti opened Ristorante Fior d'Italia, America's oldest Italian restaurant, on May 1, 1886, in the heart of San Francisco's North Beach.Originally opened to serve the clients of the bordello located in the building at 492 Broadway, 'The Fior' not only served the bordello's clients well but soon became a very popular restaurant with other San Franciscans. The original gold rush era building burned in 1893. The restaurant immediately reopened at a new facility which served the restaurant well until the great earthquake and fire of 1906. By then 'The Fior' was well established in the city. The day after the earthquake the restaurant 'reopened' in a tent in order to feed the public. Great kettles of soup fed the populace. The restaurant operated out of the tent for about a year while San Francisco was rebuilt
We look forward to eating at the Fior D'Italia every time we go to San Francisco and have never been disappointed. The food, service and atmosphere are all amazing. Each and every time we have visited we are treated like family. My husband and I are both stuck on the delicious Veal Parmigana, but I love the Fettucini also, it's nice and creamy without being too heavy. I don't agree with the previous posts that complain about the restaurant being dirty, poor service and low quality food. We visit the city several times each year and are looking forward to our next visit in January. Thanks for a memorable evening!
My son and daughter-in-law reserved a banquet room for their wedding reception eleven months in advance. Thirty days before the reception they were told that the restaurant was double booked, Fior tried to put them in a room that would only hold half of our guests and there would be no room for a gift table or a table for the cake. Fortunately we were able to secure a suitable different location. I will never again eat in this restaurant. If you are planning an important occasion look elsewhere.
Witnessed the cook not washing his hands after going to the bathroom. Complained to management who was neither apologetic nor helpful. Very disappointing. Referred the matter to the San Francisco health Department. Would never go back.
My husband and I were very disappointed that our last night in San Francisco in October 2006 was spent at Fior d'Italia feeling like the family black sheep at a distant cousin's wedding. When we arrived for our reservation, there was a bus (not a short bus from your school days, but the holds-70- people, full-fledged Grayhound/Trailways- type bus)unloading a huge wedding party. A separate and also very large wedding party had already been seated in the main part of the dining room.
We were seated in a small back room, the kind with movable walls like banquet halls use. It was impossible to have a conversation over the roar of a room full of wedding rehersal dinner revelers on the other side of the wall, not to mention their cheesy wedding music. While the waiter was professsional, pleasant and sympathetic to our situation, there really wasn't much he could do about it.
There was nearly an hour between the time we finished our first course and the arrival of entrees, presumably because they also had roughly 150 people other people to serve at two banquets. While I enjoyed my osso bucco and bagna cauda, I suggest you make reservations only on a weekday and only after inquiring about any banquets coinciding with your reservation. You could try asking to be seated in the bar which seemed pleasant enough. On second thought, I would recommend you let this 'restaurant' concentrate on the banquet business it so obviously values over its service to couples and smaller parties. There is just no way for a small party looking for a pleasant evening out to compete with a party of consisting of dozens of people. I know San Francisco offers better experiences.
We have visited the Fior in both its old and new location and found it to be a great experience at each location. When they moved closer to Fishermans Warf we were a little worried that they would lose some of the charm that the old location had. We couldn't have been more wrong. They captured the historic aspect of the building and the heritage of the Fior perfectly. It is very comfortable and open throughout the whole place.
The food hasn't lost any of its luster either. It is still the best place for calamari and veal in The City. Not only that, but they have some of the best sea food in town and this is all topped off with an incredible wine menu.
The service has always been friendly and prompt. We have never had a bad experience with the staff and have seen the same professional faces there for years. We see all kinds of people there, from younger couples on dates, to business groups or groups of friends in the banquet room, to older long time patrons, always enjoying themselves.
The new bar looks great and seems as though it would be an awesome place to meet friends for an after work drink or gathering place for somewhere else.
Overall, I would recommend the Fior to anyone whome I knew would appreciate great Italian food in a warm and friendly atmosphere.
If you want to spend $150 on dinner, no dessert or drinks, and leave dissatisfied, this trattoria is for you. The chef's hand must have slipped whenever he held the salt shaker because all the food contained too much salt. The Caesar salad was heavy on anchovies and nothing else; my son's steak was overwhelmed by the marinate; my husband's lamb shank was tough and dry; and my Cioppino was tasteless (except for the salt, of course). The dessert menu was as unappealing as it could possibly be. The only saving grace was the freshness of the ingredients. We were there to celebrate my son's birthday and agreed that we would chalk the experience to bad advice, and try again somewhere else tomorrow night.
This restaurant has left its historic place across from Washington Park and is now sandwiched in on a nowhere street between Fisherman's Wharf and the Italian North Beach. Occupying the former San Remo Restaurant' site, the old world charm, service and food is gone. Stilted would describe their service and pedestrian would describe their Italian cooking. Too bad, it was one of The City's landmarks.
Oldest Italian Restaurant in the USA it may be but other than that, nothing makes me want to go back. Nothing.
Old school class and style are hallmarks here. Great bar, professional service, classic menu with sublime touches that make the difference in service delivery. It is the place we go before the opera or symphony, and it has never failed us yet.
We have also gone for lunch on short day trips - can't be beat for cost, service, taste and style!
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