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Party Like It’s 1886: Get Chicken Parmigiana for a Dime!

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Authenticity is spelled "F-I-O-R" in Italian.

Think way back to that “dinner date” you had in high school with Sally Jenkins (or whoever). Do you remember how excited you both were that your parents let you borrow the Minivan to take her to the Olive Garden in the strip mall across from the Grande 16 Theater where Serendipity was playing? (Remember how she cried when Jeremy Piven wrote John Cusack’s obit?)

Now that we’ve got a good mental picture, do you also remember the kitschy tin sign on the wall advertising plates of pasta for a nickel? Remember thinking how great that would’ve been if Sally hadn’t gone for the $15.99 Never Ending Caesar Salad Bowl with Breadsticks? Well, now’s your chance to finally bring a date for the cheapest Italian food North of 1901 because this Friday, April 30th America’s oldest Italian restaurant*, Fior d’Italia in North Beach is celebrating their 125th anniversary by reverting back to their original menu prices. That means Veal Sauté for a nickel and Chicken Parmigiana for a dime. (Cheaper than the eggplant parmigiana, even!) The restaurant opens for lunch at 11:30am, and they won’t be taking reservations, so get there early on Friday to make sure Sally gets enough breadsticks.

Lunch Like it Was 1886
Meals for as cheap as a $0.05!
Click-through for the menu
Fior d’Italia
2237 Mason Street @ Francisco St [North Beach]
Starting at Lunch, 11:30am
Friday, April 30th


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  1. April 29, 2010 at 3:08 pm

    I’ve been cut off at this place before. Other than that it’s a great restaurant.

  2. May 3, 2010 at 11:15 am

    It was a company x-mas party late 90’s, too many drinks on the company’s dime. Everyone left and it was just my manager and I getting loud at the bar. It wasn’t even close to closing and we were refused any more drinks. We were drunkenly outraged, made a scene and went to another bar…I think.