The West Coast's First Espresso Bar

First opened in 1951 by Italian immigrant Givoanni Giotta -- also known as "Papa Giana" -- the Trieste cafe in North Beach is said to be the first espresso house on the West Coast. Furthermore, it was one of the famous meeting places for Beatnik Writers Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg, Richard Brautigan, and Kenneth Rexroth. In addition to the finest Italian espressos, Trieste regularly hosts live music. In January you can see M di M, an acoustic ensemble, and Elixyr, a violinist, as part of the Thursday Night Concert Series. Here's one final piece of history: where did Francis Ford Coppola write the screenplay for The Godfather? You guessed it, Caffe Trieste!

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