9 ★ Molinari Delicatessen.
This shop has been supplying the
city with imported and house-made
Italian foods since 1896. Beware:
The mouthwatering Italian sand-
wiches are enormous! 373 Columbus
Ave. y 415/421-2337. www.
0 ★ Biordi Art Imports. Biordi
has been importing fine pottery from
central Italy since 1946. The elegant
ceramic plate ware is gorgeous. 412
Columbus Ave. (btwn Green & Vallejo
sts.) y 415/392-8096. See p 74 for a
! ★ City Lights Bookstore.
This legendary bookstore is one
of the last Beat-era hangouts in
operation, owned by famed beatnik
Lawrence Ferlinghetti. 261 Columbus
Ave. y 415/362-8193. www.city
lights.com. Daily 10am-midnight.
See p 31, bullet 7 .
@ Bill Weber Mural. This atten-
tion-grabbing mural, restored in
2004, covers two sides of a residen-
tial building. It depicts the history of
North Beach and Chinatown with
icons like jazz musicians, Italian
fishermen, the Imperial Dragon, and
Herb Caen, whose San Francisco
Chronicle columns, always at the
The window of City Lights bookstore.
epicenter of local politics and
society were a facet of SF life for
nearly 6 decades. Broadway &
# ★ Tosca. One of the city's old-
est cafes, dating from 1919, has
for years attracted politicians and
socialites. Order a “house cappuc-
cino,” really a hot chocolate with
brandy. 242 Columbus Ave. y 415/
An abundance of Italian specialties at Molinari's Deli.