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Famed San Francisco Italian restaurant Ristorante Parma is closing

Ed Walsh

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The tony Marina District in San Francisco, longtime home of the Ristorante ParmaEd Walsh

The legendary Italian restuaraut Ristourante Palma is closing after four decades in business in San Francisco's Marina District.

The Elia family, that owns the restaurant, posted in Instagram:

"To me, this sign not only represents a 40 year old neighborhood Italian restaurant, but my second home. Since I was 19, I have been blessed to meet and serve so many amazing customers in my second home. Welcoming everyone with a smile and a hug while delivering mouth watering Italian dishes to their tables is what my father Pietro, taught me to do best, it’s in my blood. Actually, since I was 5 years old, I was in the restaurant pretending to take orders, asking my father if he wanted a hot dog with a side of fries! Lol!

"This April 30 will be the last night that this sign will shine on, for I have decided (with my family’s blessing) to close our iconic restaurant for good. It breaks my heart to have to do this, but for my well being it has to be done.

"THANK YOU ALL for supporting us, not only though the COVID crisis but for four long decades!!

"You all will be missed! ARRIVEDERCI Y MILLE GRAZIE!! 💕😢

"-The Elia Family"

Fans of the restaurant were quick to write of their shock and sadness.

"So sad to learn this! Thank you for all of the wonderful meals over the years. We will miss you Parma and Elia Family. All the best and Mille Grazie!!," wrote a customer on Instagram.

Another weighed in,"news!!! We’ve loved your food while living in the Marina. Angela, we will definitely order some food before Friday we can have one last penne arrabbiata & Bill’s lasagna (with extra meat sauce!). Sending you all the best wishes for you, your family, and the future."

Others commented on the restaurant's hospitality," This was our home away from home durin ourn three yars in SF. We lived inteh marin and went there every Saturday night for almost three years. Sent all our friends there. In tears thinking about them closing. To Angie, Jolie and family good luck in the future. Always in Ours hearts. Susan and Bill."

The restaurant's Web site notes the food and atmmosphere that made it legendary.

"Upon entering Parma, you’ll feel as if you are in the heart of Italy with Roman style walls adorned with murals, and on the upper right hand wall an impressive wine rack.

"Not only does the look of the restaurant transport you to Italy, but the mouthwatering and comforting aromas of fresh garlic and our homemade tomato sauce will definitely have you wanting to come back for more!

"Parma is mostly known for pasta dishes with many to choose from, but the most craved dish is our homemade meat lasagna! When you decide to order the lasagna, please bring your appetite with you — it’s a hearty portion! For those who are looking to watch carbohydrates, we have fish, veal, chicken, and pork. We also have a selection of vegetarian friendly dishes. All of our food is made to order, and arrives at your table piping hot and delicious!"

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