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Fior d'Italia closing [San Francisco]

Robert Lauriston May 21, 2012 03:58 PM

The Chron reports tonight's their last night:


  1. Robert Lauriston Dec 21, 2012 12:26 PM

    The Chron reports they're reopening tonight:


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      sugartoof May 23, 2012 01:45 PM

      They picked a silly location to relocate, so I'm surprised they lasted this long. I'd love to see them return to a better spot, and relax their prices, because there's not a lot of places left that do what they do well.

      1. mr_morcilla May 22, 2012 07:01 PM

        I have to say that it's disappointing, but it's their own fault. Ya just can't charge those kind of prices for "continental cuisine" any more. I'm surprised they lasted this long, really. All the others: Ernie's, Doro's, The Blue Fox, all those fancy Ceasar-salad-mixed-at-your-table places closed years or even decades ago. Where do you go to get Tournedos Rossini, Steak Dianne, Celery Victor, and flaming cherries jubilee crepes? I guess no one really wants to know.

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        1. re: mr_morcilla
          Robert Lauriston May 23, 2012 08:39 AM

          None of those dishes were on their menu. It was fairly typical Italian.


          1. re: Robert Lauriston
            hyperbowler May 23, 2012 09:39 AM

            Funny. Earlier this morning, the Huffington Post said, "Fior D'Italia first opened its doors on May 1, 1886, serving sauteed veal with minestrone soup, Caesar salad and dessert for five cents." Somone must have pointed out that Caesar salad wasn't invented till decades later, and they've since removed the word "Caesar."

          2. re: mr_morcilla
            escargot3 May 23, 2012 01:38 PM

            I will miss them. Yes the prices are high. But the portions were quite generous. The fish was fresh. And the meat, tender.

            I suspect they'd fare better in the FiDi.

            1. re: mr_morcilla
              dunstable May 23, 2012 01:51 PM

              I had a Tournedos Rossini at Bistro Central Parc like two months ago. It was pretty kickass.

            2. escargot3 May 21, 2012 05:26 PM

              It's been a reliable go-to place to bring out of town visitors who lack an adventurous palette and prefer white tablecloth dining.

              Great lamb chops. Classic Caesar salad. Quiet.
              I hope they can re-invent themselves...once again.

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              1. re: escargot3
                vulber May 21, 2012 05:44 PM

                the pricing always seemed a bit out-of-line....

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