- No cozy little cafe can pay those rents 2. They aren’t made by Italians, in general. When I lived in SF, I left in 1999 just as the dot common hit. Most of the other Italians were leaving too.
I lived in North Beach. The Bohemian Cigar Store, a tiny place opposite the park was widely acknowledged to make the best espresso. Second best was a bare bones place next to the police station. THAT was a piece of Italy. One table of old geezers forever arguing politics while another argued sprts.High drama all around. A card game concealed in the back. And the kind of cafe latte I’ll meet again in heaven. Minus the cloud of cigar smoke.
My rent was 800 . Same place is $4200 . It’s no longer a neighborhood . It’s a dorm/theme park suburb. I hope the two delis on Stockton managed to survive but I doubt it. Great salumi