Over 50 years Serving Espresso in San Francisco

The Caffe is a fixture in North Beach and has been for the past half century. Come by and experience the relaxed and friendly Caffe Trieste.

The coffee is the main thing. We make each cup to order and use our own roast for an authentic flavor. Bring the taste home, order online.

Music is a big part of the Caffe Trieste family. Stop by for one of The NEW Caffe Trieste Saturday Concerts or one of the other artists that perform regularly at the Caffe.Above: Ned "Eddi" Boynton playing his Benedetto guitar.


PIAZZA Saint Francis – The Poets Plaza

Dear Friends and Customers:

Papa Gianni and I have been in support of Piazza Saint Francis-The Poets Plaza since 2005, and its coming along nicely!  Please enjoy the press release below and go to www.piazzasf.org for more information or to donate; small or large, all donations are very much appreciated!

   Grazie     ~ Fabio G. Giotta
April 14, 2016
Contact: Angela Alioto, Esq.
415 434-8700
On Wednesday evening, April 13th, the San Francisco Democratic County Central Committee voted to endorse the Piazza Saint Francis / The Poets Plaza, in the heart of North Beach at Columbus and Vallejo streets.
The Piazza sponsors, the Piazzasf, a non-profit, is led by Angela Alioto, Esq and Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Poet laureate.
Mr. Ferlinghetti wrote to the Committee members, “Please support the Piazza Saint Francis, The Poets Plaza in the heart of North beach! It is so important to create a new open space free of cars, in the face of the building boom that is transforming the City.”
After the vote was taken, Ms. Alioto said “Beauty, tranquility, open space and poetry won tonight as the DCCC voted to support the Piazza!  The City of San Francisco and our patron saint, Saint Francis are the big winners tonight.  Thank you DCCC.  We are delighted the San Francisco Democratic Party understood our plan to honor the Cities’ history of Poets, Peace and Italian Americans. The committee’s endorsement is absolutely wonderful.”
The planned Italian-style piazza is independently financed by the  Piazzasf, a non profit organization.  It will occupy the short stretch of Vallejo between Grant and Columbus Streets.  (Online at piazzasf.org)
Construction begins later in 2016.


Piazza Saint Francis

The Poet’s Plaza

In the mid 2000’s, Angela Alioto and Lawrence Ferlinghetti joined together to realize a vision. The vision immediately spread to all of San Francisco and far beyond; building a real Italian piazza in San Francisco’s historic North Beach district. Imagine “an oasis for San Franciscans and a national site for lovers of poetry, literature, music and art”, like the many storied piazzas of Italy, such as those in Orvieto, Firenze (Florence) and Siena. More…



Giovanni “Papa Gianni” Giotta (1920-2016)…More




We brought espresso to San Francisco over 50 years ago and still serve the finest in Italian Style coffee in North Beach. Come and visit!

As the first Espresso coffee house on the West Coast in 1956, Caffe Trieste has been serving up optimum quality Espresso coffee and fabulous music for well over a half century in San Francisco. The historic flagship location in North Beach hosts poets, writers, composers and artists, all enjoying the some the finest coffee in San Francisco and the World.

Founder “Papa Gianni” Giotta, Espresso Pioneer of the West Coast, says: “Brew each cup like its for you”. CAFFE TRIESTE – Coffee with Rhythm!


And while you are in the neighborhood, stop by and visit the new Francesco Rocks store on Grant. Italian ceramics, Fresco Art gifts, religious articles, books, cards, icons, non religious gifts.