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Family Style Italian Restaurant in Washington Square

lperelman Jul 31, 2008 01:33 PM

I ate many times many years ago at an old style Italian Restaurant on the South side of Washington Square right on a corner opposite the park. It was a classic place that served antipasto, pasta, main course, and desert. It was not great food but a great local neighborhood place. I was in San Francisco two years ago, and it was still there, It has a bar and then a dining room. I, however, can’t remember its name. I have tried to look it up on the web but have failed. Does anyone know about the place I am referring to? Does it still exist?

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  1. Robert Lauriston RE: lperelman Jul 31, 2008 01:56 PM

    You're probably thinking of La Felce, which has been replaced by Avenue G.

    I think Capp's Corner is the only old-school family-style place still in business. In a nod to modern tastes, you don't have to order family-style.

    I'm not sure Sodini's (formerly Green Valley) offers family-style any more.

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      Xiao Yang RE: Robert Lauriston Aug 1, 2008 11:35 AM


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      plainfood RE: lperelman Jul 31, 2008 03:59 PM

      I think you're describing Fior d'Italia which closed after a fire and then reopened. Could that be it? I think you're thinking of the late lamented New Pisa on Green Street, which closed. Capp's Corner is a great neighborhood cheap Italian place with a full bar and a decent wine list also on Green Street, but west of Columbus near Beach Blanket Babylon.

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        plainfood RE: lperelman Jul 31, 2008 04:12 PM

        On second thought, that must have been the Ravioli Factory! It's been gone for 15 years but I used to love it too. I have to suggest Capp's as a substitute. Da Flora (across the street on the corner of Greenwich is wonderful (though ca$h only) but definitely not family style. That's the ultimate intimate, romantic Italian restairant like the one in Lady and the Tramp.

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          wolfe RE: plainfood Jul 31, 2008 04:22 PM

          lperelman seems to be reminiscing and not looking for a place to eat. Union is the south side of the Square and the place was there 2 years ago.

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            Robert Lauriston RE: plainfood Jul 31, 2008 05:49 PM

            Fior d'Italia wasn't open two years ago, it closed in February 2005.

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              Sharuf RE: Robert Lauriston Aug 1, 2008 12:57 AM

              Fior d'Italia was a white tablecloth upscale restaurant, not one of those cheap, family-style places of fond memory.

              Years ago I had the best, most definitive pasta al pesto at Fior d'Italia. It was very tender freshly-made green fettuccine with what must have been immediately made-to-order pesto. The memory of that dish set my gold standard for pesto.

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                Robert Lauriston RE: Sharuf Aug 1, 2008 09:14 AM

                Fior d'Italia's still around, they reopened in the San Remo Hotel.


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              Xiao Yang RE: plainfood Aug 1, 2008 11:26 AM

              Cafferata Ravioli Factory was at Filbert and Columbus (north of the square) and later moved across the street to the Record Hardware site (I think Piazza Pellegrini is there now).

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