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15 Caffe Trieste

Café Trieste

Café Trieste
Back in the early 1900s, some 90% of North Beach was made up of Italian immigrants. They’d settled in this area because most of them were working in the fishing industry, and they wanted to be near the waterfront of Fisherman's Wharf. Still today, North Beach has this very strong Italian flavor to it. If we cross over the street here, we can have a little taste of Italy in Caffe Trieste. When it opened in the 1950s, Caffe Trieste became the first espresso coffeehouse on the West Coast of the United States. It was named after Trieste in Italy, of course, where the owner came from. All that great coffee started attracting great writers and poets of that generation - people like Ginsberg, Ferlinghetti, and Kerouac. It also attracted in musicians as well because since the early 1970s, they've had a Saturday night concert here. And it’s the longest-running music show in all of San Francisco. Inside the cafe here, we have the whirring of the espresso machines, and also a few scenes from Italy on the wall, and a lot of photos from different people that have visited the cafe over the years as well - including over there, one of movie director Francis Ford Coppola who is pictured with his typewriter sitting in the corner where he was working on the script from The Godfather right here in the café - probably looking for a little bit of Italian inspiration.
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