The Caffe Trieste was started by Giovanni Giotta in 1950. Giotta had emigrated to San Francisco, California, from the small fishing town of Rovigno, Italy. Remembering the espresso houses of Italy, Giotta opened Caffe Trieste which is said to be the first coffee house on the West Coast to serve espresso drinks. The original Caffe Trieste in North Beach quickly became popular among the neighborhood's Italian residents. The Caffé Trieste also becomes a convenient meeting place for Beat movement celebrities like Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg, Robert Brautigan, Gregory Corso, Michael McClure, Kenneth Rexroth, and many others who lived in North Beach in the 1950s and 1960s. Francis Ford Coppola wrote much of the screenplay for The Godfather while sitting in the Caffe Trieste. Its is also the home of the Trieste Saturday Concert.
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