About Us

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Serving San Francisco since 1886

Angelo Del Monte and ‘Papa’ Marianetti opened Fior d’Italia on May 1, 1886, bringing authentic Italian cuisine to the heart of San Francisco’s North Beach area. While it originally catered to the clients of the bordello at 492 Broadway, ‘The Fior’ soon became very popular with other San Franciscans. 

Throughout its 130-year history, Fior d’Italia has weathered many storms. The original Gold Rush-era building burned down in 1893, but the restaurant soon reopened in a new facility. Though this facility was destroyed in the great earthquake and fire of 1906, ‘The Fior’ was already well established and ‘reopened’ for business in a tent the following day. Landlord disputes and fires would see Fior d’Italia move three more times between 1907 and 2005, until finally coming to rest at our current location at 2237 Mason Street.

Ownership

In 130 years, Fior d’Italia has only had four sets of owners. When there was no ‘new blood’ to take over for the original proprietors, ‘The Fior’ was bought by a group composed of North Beach natives Sergio and Larry Nibbi, Charles Ramorino, Achille Pantaleoni, and Armanino. Their efforts and investments revived the restaurant, but they opted to sell the business to Bob and Jinx Larive and Hamish and Rosi Fordwood in 1990.

Executive Chef Gianni Audieri and his wife Trudy took ownership of Fior d’Italia in October 2012, and they are dedicated to continuing the tradition of delicious food and fantastic service.

If you’re hungry for more Fior d’Italia history, check out “The Fabulous Fior: Over 100 Years in an Italian Kitchen” by Francine Brevetti! Download a copy here!
Reservations 415-986-1886
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