When you visit Mario's, you feel all the rich history of North Beach. Mario's Bohemian Cigar Store founded by Mario Crismani and his wife, Liliana has all the wonderful ambiance of North Beach packed into one little Cafe.
Their oven baked Focaccia Sandwiches are to die for. My favorite is the meatball sandwich - so much more spectacular than its name - really a culinary treat.
Another favorite of mine is to sit very late in the afternoon and enjoy a glass chianti served in the old style short tumbler glasses and watch the goings-on in Washington Park across the street.