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Jan 21, 2011 08:56 PM

early 1970's - San Rafael CA - italian-sounding name of supermarket?

Hello from Vancouver BC
this question came up over the recent holidays during our family dinners

During a family trip to SF area in the early 1970's, I remember going to an amazing supermarket (it seemed amazing for sure to me in Grade 5 at the time) located in vicinity of Sir Frances Drake Blvd and Hwy 101 in San Rafael CA

It seems to me it was southwest of that intersection

it was a relatively large market - bigger than a current Trader Joe's for sure. It was very similar to a Safeway of the same era.

It had live lobsters in tanks, huge meaty steaks, amazingly bountiful produce displays -- and WINE -- right in the supermarket (being from Canada, that was unheard of)

certainly, we had the famous (and still missed) "Woodwards Food Floors" in Vancouver here - where beef came from their own ranch etc - but this Italian-sounding supermarket in San Rafael certainly made an impression on my then-young food tastes.

i hope someone can tell us the name -- yes, I do lie awake thinking about these kind of nostalgia / trivia questions!

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  1. Petrini's in the Bon Air Shopping Center in Greenbrae, down the 101freeway from SR. Still the same but is Mollie Stone Market now. You can snooze away...

    Mollie Stone's
    310 Bon Air Center, Greenbrae, CA 94904

    1. I miss Petrini's. The butcher counter was fantastic. One thing you could get was veal chops with veal kidneys. I thought they were gross, but I liked the idea that they carried them!

      1. Besides Petrini's, which I loved, did you ever go to Guasco's in San Anselmo? It's now an Andronico's, but then it was a superb little market with the best of everything.

        1. Many thanks - Mom and I just enjoyed some happy reminiscing. She Worked in Oakland in the 70s and we lived in Marin so she stopped there almost every night (a fresh food "foodie" ahead of her time). When we'd go together we'd buy a loaf of sourdough and eat most of it before we got home. Also one of my first crushes was the super cute blonde blue eyed butcher in that fab meat department. Crab and artichokes for dinner - you betcha, thanks Petrinis - you helped make me the lover of good, fresh food I am today