HOME > Chowhound > San Francisco Bay Area >

Discussion

Trying to Revisit Italian Restaurant in North Beach but Forget the Name!

I want to preface my request by saying that I know this is a long shot, but I would gratefully hear any ideas Chowhounders might have--please don't criticize me for the sketchiness of my memories!

About three years ago I was in SF and ate at an Italian restaurant that had outdoor seating on a sidewalk--it was located near a street corner and across the street from a park or grassy area). I seem to remember that it had a large wine selection that you could get in 3oz or 6oz pours, and--most importantly--it served a delicious farro dish that I continue to crave! It had a "hip" style, in terms of decor, and was pretty dark/dimly lit inside. Having pored over maps of the city trying to figure out its location, I am pretty certain it was in North Beach. Does this (admittedly sparse) description ring any bells for anyone? I'll be back in the city in a few weeks and would love to revisit this place...

  1. Click to Upload a photo (10 MB limit)
Delete
  1. Maybe have been the now-closed Joey & Eddie's?

    -----
    Joey & Eddie's
    1652 Stockton, San Francisco, CA 94133

    1. Sounds like Piazza Pelligrini on Columbus.

      1. The Farro dish, combined with the location doesn't really suggest any North Beach establishments with hip decor.

        Sounds like Piazza Pellegrini.

        Contemporary decor would suggest Rosa Pistola, but the dish and pours doesn't sound like it. With tourist goggles, maybe North Beach Restaurant (they do serve Farro).

        Truthfully, SF has a lot of grassy areas built into the landscape, all across the city.

        -----
        Piazza Pellegrini
        659 Columbus Ave, San Francisco, CA 94133

        1. Well, the park or grassy area sounds like Washington Square Park. North Beach Restaurant is kind of dark inside and across the street as I recall.

          9 Replies
          1. re: chocolatetartguy

            The only green you can see from North Beach Restaurant is the street sign on the corner and the planter boxes.

            1. re: sugartoof

              North Beach Restaurant is a block from Washington Square, at Green and Stockton. You can't see the park from there.

              1. re: Robert Lauriston

                It's a short block, more like a half block, making the park visible.

                Patrons are aware they're by a park there, and if you're also not sure you're in North Beach, then it's easy to mix up the details and think you were across the street if you were looking at trees and the like. They do have Farro on the menu.

                I also suggested Pellegrini which also has an obstructed view though it's more likely to get described as across the street from a park. I'd agree this would be the more obvious guess, but Farro isn't on the current menu, so it would have been a special.

                  1. re: Melanie Wong

                    Well, OK, from 200+ feet away you can see the trees hanging over Stockton St. and a narrow wedge of the park, but across the street from NBR is not a green area but a highly urban scene including the Triangolo Hotel building and the asphalt expanse of the intersection of Stockton, Green, and Columbus.

                    1. re: Robert Lauriston

                      I stand corrected. Haven't been to North Beach in a while.

                      I can see the park via Google Maps on my Android phone. :)

              2. re: chocolatetartguy

                I believe North Beach restaurant does not have sidewalk seating.

                1. re: walker

                  NBR has sidewalk seating, at least during the day. I noticed it recently because the guys sitting there looked like extras from a Fellini movie.

              3. Was there a parking lot next door? If so - then it does sound like Piazza Pellegrini.

                -----
                Piazza Pellegrini
                659 Columbus Ave, San Francisco, CA 94133

                1. Google map 659 Columbus Ave, San Francisco, CA 94133 and click on flag and ask for street view and rotate. Does that look familiar?

                  1. My sincere gratitude to everyone who's made suggestions--I've spent two days in S.F. and have been wandering the North Beach area trying to find the place. I can say for sure it's not Piazza Pellegrini, and it isn't Cafe Divine, and it's not North Beach Restaurant. Darn it!
                    Even if I can't revisit the place I remember loving so much, there are plenty of great options in that area, so it's not a total loss--thanks again to all of you for your help (of course, if I happen to stumble upon it, I'll be sure to let you know)!

                    -----
                    Piazza Pellegrini
                    659 Columbus Ave, San Francisco, CA 94133

                    Cafe Divine
                    1600 Stockton St, San Francisco, CA 94133

                    2 Replies
                    1. re: christianne

                      Da Flora?

                      -----
                      Da Flora
                      701 Columbus Ave, San Francisco, CA 94133

                      1. re: christianne

                        Try Barbacco. 220 California Street. They have a farro risotto with wild mushrooms that is quite popular, and a large wine list available by the bottle or in 3oz or 6oz pours.

                        -----
                        Barbacco
                        230 California St, San Francisco, CA 94111