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

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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!

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

    1. 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

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

        1. 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.