Looking Back: DiMaggio’s Restaurant

September 27, 2016

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Please excuse the quality of the reproduction: this is a forty year old Xerox of a menu that was already forty years old when I copied it.  But there’s a lot to look at here, from the fact that abalone was still pretty inexpensive, that Olympia oysters were still available (they all but disappeared for many years), and that a child’s plate consisted of filet of sole or lamb chop (one). Not exactly what we’d consider kid food today.

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If you want to see what Di Maggio’s Restaurant looked like, this article includes wonderful vintage video of the place.

 

What isn’t mentioned?  That Joltin’ Joe’s Dad, Giuseppe, a lifelong fisherman, was not allowed to fish during World War II because he was Italian, and considered an alien risk. He was not, in fact, even allowed to visit the family restaurant: As an enemy alien, he was prohibited from traveling more than five miles without permission. (Italians in San Francisco also had a curfew, and many of their homes were seized by the government.)

For more information on the family, this article is instructive.

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  • Jane says:

    Thanks for this memory, I ate at Di Maggio’s on my first trip to San Francisco in 1964, I was a junior in college in South Dakota and loved everything about San Francisco. As I recall, the food was very good. Now I live in a city about 40 miles east of SF but still love visiting “the city”.

  • Mary Jane says:

    My first sit down (as distinguished from ‘walk away’ crab cocktail) dinner in San Francisco was at DiMaggio’s in 1968. I was 16 and visiting from Missouri to interview at colleges. I ordered the Cippino. It was so fresh and fabulous! It was also a huge amount of food. I was accepted to the college of my choice and never looked back. Subsequent visits to DiMaggio’s were hosted by my dorm-mates parents who always took us there on their visits to visit their daughters. Thank you for posting the menu, Ruth. It brings back really great memories.

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