492 Broadway 1893-1906
After the fire, the Fior moved up the
street to 492 Broadway. By 1903
Armido Marianetti had become a full
partner with Del Monte. The
restaurant had grown into an elegant
establishment, attracting society,
diplomats and artists. This building
was demolished in the Great Fire and
Earthquake of 1906.
Ristorante Fior d’Italia, "The Flower of Italy” was opened on May 1st, 1886.
San Francisco’s Barbary Coast was then a rough and tumble neighborhood in a wild, and bawdy period in the city’s history. Miners, gamblers, and sailors of all description cluttered the saloons
and taverns. It was the jumping off point to the Sierra’s rich gold fields.
Angelo Del Monte immigrated to America to make his fortune in the California Gold Rush. Unsuccessful, he moved to San Francisco and saw huge opportunity serving food to the city’s fortune hunters. To this turbulent, lusty town came another young Italian immigrant, Armido “Papa” Marianetti, who in 1890 joined thebusiness. Together they developed Fior d’Italia into one of theleading Italian restaurants in its day.
The Fior has now operated out of North Beach in six different locations and, after the 1906 earthquake, a tent. In 2012 it was purchased by its fourth owners in 128 years, long-time executive chef Gianni Audieri and his wife Trudy. Gianni was born and raised in Milan, and has worked in restaurants all over the world. He joined the Fior in 1982 and has been cooking his traditional Northern Italian cuisine to rave reviews ever since.
Within a week after the 1906 Earthquake the Fior quickly erected a tent with a wooden façade feeding the populace with great kettles of soup while the City rebuilt.
New 492 Broadway 1907-1930
The Fior was rebuilt at 492 Broadway adding a second building next door in 1909. This exquisite property featured an upstairs dining room with remarkable stained-glass windows, gilded crown moldings and murals painted on the ceiling. The building still exists today and the same oval-shaped windows can be seen at the corner of Kearny and Broadway