Nice quiet family Italian restaurant. Classy but not stuffy. Clean. Quick friendly staff. Wine selection is weak. We all enjoyed the menu. TY
Five of us enjoyed a long lunch with quiet conversation on a weekday - yummy meal, great martinis, comfortable and cozy, great music playing in the background!
Great service, had a lovely time with my significant other.
Had a great waiter, unfortunately I do not remember his name, but he had great hair! Food was awesome! Chocolate mousse was to die for. Will be back!
Long time Italian restaurant in San Francisco. Comfortable, good service, and good food. What more do you need?
Excellent service and food in a very comfortable surrounding. Worth the trip.
Loved the service, very welcoming and attentive.
Food was very good, particularly the lasagne and pasta dishes.
The dining room could use a bit of sprucing up, but we did love the pressed tin ceiling.
Dinner was excellent. The fresh pasta was excellent
I really wanted to like this restaurant after all the reviews online. I was extremely disappointed in the quality of the food. There were 4 of us and we all agreed. The meatballs were very dense with minimal red sauce and lacked flavor. The pasta Bolognese was also bland and we needed to ask for Parmesan cheese for all of our dishes (shouldn't that be a given at an Italian restaurant - it was not freshly grated which is not a deal breaker). The minestrone soup was good, not great. All of the food was edible but overall it was just ok and bland. No richness to the food. The bruschetta was interesting. The tomatoes were very tasty but there were two slices of toast with tasty tomatoes and garlic, but with field greens and olives. Many people may like that presentation but I prefer bread and tomatoes which is what i ordered, not another salad.
BTW..their bread is very delicious. Crunchy on the outside and soft on the inside and generous portions.
Great place, service fantastic. Ordered the $75 steak for two which arrived far rarer than asked. They did put it back on the grill but this meant that all other meals were finished by the time the steak came out. Overall really nice place though, thoroughly recommend.
Service was impeccable! Food was fantastic. Everyone practically licked their plates clean. Very generous portions. Noise level was perfect. We were able to speak in normal tones. At times there was a guitarist which was very pleasant. Parking was easy in the neighborhood. Very enjoyable evening!
Service was disappointingly lethargic. The food was very good, and the varied selection of food and wine was excellent. But our waiter was never there when we wanted him.
Everything we ordered here was delicious! I was sold on the photos of the bread and fact that they handmake their pastas. It was everything I could hope for.
I also agree with the previous review that described the gnocchi as melt in your mouth—it was perfection. My boyfriend couldn’t stop eating off my plate, he loved it too. I thought the ambiance was very nice, it definitely has the feel of a true Italian restaurant, and the service was very friendly and helpful too. I definitely recommend!
Very friendly staff. Food excellent. Nice ambience but noisy.
ostensibly the oldest Italian restaurant in the US. Food was good, a little pricey, though.
The fresh pasta was amazing! Good wine, good service, nice/quiet atmosphere :)
We had actually canceled another reservation and chose this restaurant because it was close to Cobb’s Comedy club. We are so glad we did. The Tuscan-style cuisine was incredibly flavorful with no salty taste. Our waiter was engaging and helpful. Though the restaurant is a block off Columbus, it definitely has a neighborhood feel. We look forward to our next visit.
Fior D’Italia is okay. I remember it being really good when it was in the old location, which is now Original Joe’s and this was the first time I’ve been back since they moved. Not sure if other places have stepped up since or if Fior D’Italia has slipped. We order 3 dishes and none of them were good. Eggplant parm was mushy and bland. It didn’t appear that the eggplant had been breaded and fried. Capellini Ragu has a funny chicken taste. Like maybe there was a chicken buillion cube in the sauce? My GF liked it but I did not. The chicken with prosciutto and fontina cheese was decent. I don’t think we’ll go back. If we didn’t live in such an amazing food city, it might be in our rotation, but there are dozens of great Italian places in SF that we prefer.
Tired with average but expensive food. Not what I recalled from their previous location. There are far better places in North Beach for the same dollars. Pity
Lovely setting. Great Italian cuisine. Friendly staff. Live jazz on Wednesdays.
This is a wonderful classic Italian restaurant. Service was wonderfully old world and food very good. Especially the osso bucco. Very generous portions.
Great experience the food was very good. We were surprised that there was a group with a singer playing music during dinner helped make dinner that much nicer.
Wonderful restaurant with delicious food and drinks. The famous pumpkin ravioli is a must-try dish.
This was billed as the best "Old School" Italian restaurant in California. The ambiance was great - they had live music (of the Frank Sinatra variety) and the wait staff was nice. The food however, was average at best. I had the risotto and it was under cooked and bland. My son had the tagliatelle which again was average. Its cool to check out because it is one of the oldest restaurants in SF but don't expect much from the food.
Excellent food and service. Would definitely go again!
Very disappointed in the service and setting. Our reservation was late (yet accepted) and we could see our waiter was tired. He didn't come around much. Water wasn't replenished, he got most of our orders to the wrong people (musical plates) and one round of drinks was it. In fact, the maitre'd sat in a chair and fell asleep as did another waiter. The began closing the dining room right when our dinners were served, including closing a curtain to one room half way because my chair was in the way. the food was excellent...too bad the environment and staff were unable to make it come to life.
Extremely pleasant on a quiet weekday afternoon. Loved the rigatoni with tuna, mushrooms, and tomato sauce.
Wonderful food across the board. You can spend a lot or you can spend a little. You will not be disappointed. Try the polenta - ask them for a meatball in it or meat sauce.
we were seated upon arrival, everything was as it should be. food and service was/is very good
We have dined here several times and it was always excellent. This time was very disappointing. We used to highly recommend this restaurant to friends. We no longer will. I could have gone to Olive Garden and had better food.
Great dinner, good service, good atmosphere. We ordered a salad to share at the table and it was quite small (not really a sharing plate at $16) but the food was great. Eggplant parmigiana was delish.
Went for NYE dinner. Good food, wine and service.
Very personable service. Every course delicious!
Food delicious, service superb, wonderful atmosphere
Our SF fave!!!
Amazing as always. The servers make you feel at home and the food never disappoints. If you want to get there a little early before dinner, they have great happy hour special from 3-6pm in the bar area. We always do a cosmo and some calarmari, yum!
Excellent as always. Recommend to all my friends staying n SF
Authentic Italian food perfectly prepared. I had a risotto dish (and there were 3 to choose from), husband had veal picatta (he rarely finishes his meal but for this he practically licked his plate clean), and daughter had the fettucini alfredo and loved it. For dessert we shared a dark chocolate mousse and a tirumisu. They too were fantastic. I highly recommend this jewel of a restaurant for a taste of old world Italy.
When we arrived at the restaurant at 2pm on Christmas Day the host told me we had no reservation although I had made one weeks earlier.After several minutes of confusion we were given a booth in the bar, not the dining room and received abysmal service. Thanks for ruining our Christmas for us and our 90 year old mother.