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Italian spot in North Beach--can't remember name

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Baby Ruth Jul 15, 2006 07:24 PM

Supposed to be very authentic and yummy, but with sometimes questionable service? I want to give it a shot when I'm in town soon. Thanks!

  1. Gary Soup Jul 16, 2006 04:13 AM

    Osteria del Forno? There have been occasional gripes about the curtness of the service there, but I personally haven't experienced it.

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      zippo Jul 16, 2006 04:52 AM

      Maybe you're thinking of Caffe Sport on Green St a few doors east of Columbus which, in years past, (when I frequented it often in the 1980's when I worked nearby) was known for the surliness of its waiters. They would tell you what to order and chastise you for asking for butter for your bread. Sometimes females in your party were taken back to the kitchen to meet Chef Tony La Tona, never to be heard of again. Actually, I thought that the waiters were part of its charm. I loved their pasta al pesto, calamari ensalata ,giant scampi in white sauce and their olive-oil drenched, garlic-soaked take on Sicilian food. It was always a hit with out-of-towners that I took there.

      Haven't been there in a while but am dying to go back.

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      1. re: zippo
        Gary Soup Jul 16, 2006 04:59 AM

        Haven't been there for a long time myself, but there have been reports that it hasn't been the same since Tony died.

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        melly Jul 16, 2006 05:56 AM

        Rose Pistola?

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          monday Jul 16, 2006 10:25 PM

          Da Flora is my guess. It's worth checking out whether it's the one or not. The owner is not nice. Don't take it personally. The food makes up for it.

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