The Sad Passing of North Beach Icon Lorenzo Petroni


Lorenzo Petroni with wines from his winery. Photo from North Beach Restaurant website.

We were very sad to read in Scoop that Lorenzo Petroni, the owner of ~NORTH BEACH RESTAURANT~ and Petroni Vineyards, has passed away after a battle with esophageal cancer. He was an icon in North Beach, where he opened North Beach Restaurant in 1970 with partner Bruno Orsi. Many noteworthy locals were regulars and friends, including Herb Caen (who affectionately called him “il padrone” in columns) and restaurateur Michael Chiarello. Our thoughts are with all his family and friends through this difficult time. And in the words of Mr. Petroni himself, “Life is too short to drink bad wine…so salute!”