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Trieste Records came into existence in 1981 with the introduction of our first LP Saturday Live at Caffe Trieste.

Quicktime video (3.4meg)
Papa Gianni singing "Granada."
with Fabio on accordion

Keep memories of your visit to the Trieste alive for years to come--or you can share your experience with your friends and family.

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Nostalgia dei Sensi:
is a 28 minute program documenting the roots and the essence of the Caffe. Family members, Trieste musicians, and long-time customers help paint the picture of the institution that has developed over the last four-plus decades. Includes footage of the Saturday Concert, Espresso brewing, and coffee roasting. $10.95

The Caffe Trieste Performers at Forest Meadows.
The Caffe Trieste Saturday Concert has been recorded, video-taped, and filmed hundreds of times. However, this is a rare look at the Trieste musical family on the road, in concert. Included are Papa Gianni, sons Gianfranco and Fabio and the Caffe Trieste Band. Running time: 63 minutes. $10.95

VIDEO $10.95
An uncut, behind the scenes look at this live radio show as broadcast from the Caffe Trieste in San Francisco. Hosted by Sedge Thompson, the two-hour program includes the entire Giotta Family: the Caffe Trieste Band, the Mattinata di Matteo band, and interviews with family members, customers, celebrated poet Lawrence Ferlinghetti, world famous photographer Jimo Perini, writers Herb Gold and Kristen Jensen, and others

All of these reasonably priced items are available at our retail location next door to the Caffe.

Trieste Records Videos
Video tape: $10.95
Nostalgia dei Sensi
A Documentary

Video tape: $10.95
Caffe Trieste Performances at Forest Meadows

Video Tape $10.95
West Coast Live

Special Offer - or buy all three videos for $29.95

The Latest

Knights of Saint Francis lend the Pope a hand!

by Fabio G. Giotta


INTRODUCTION: In the last several days, I circulated and posted an article titled "Piazza St. Francis, A Poet's Plaza" with the byline "Accordions in the Piazza-St. Francis Was a Musician!" wherein I explained the Piazza St. Francis project of the KNIGHTS OF SAINT FRANCIS! In fact, the small but mighty Knights organization heads-up several important projects. BACKGROUND: Founded in 2008 by Angela Alioto, the" Knights" is an international, Franciscan value based, charitable, lay organization (501c3 tax status) and arch-confraternity based in San Francisco, California that "serves", tending to St. Francis tenets - 3 P's and an A (Peace, Planet, Poor,) and Animals. The K.O.S.F. is a volunteer organization open to both Catholics and non-Catholics.

photo by Korean Culture and Information Service

THE NEWEST PROJECT: Right now, the K.O.S.F. is helping to nationally amplify and disseminate Pope Francis' message about the environment and Global Warming, as stated in his encyclical LAUDATO SI. Please visit the K.O.S.F. web site: and go to the Pope Francis environmental page for more information, pick one of his quotes and share it with your friends via Facebook or Twitter.

photo by Christopher Wagener

It's a big problem, but we can all help! Read, share, tweet and donate! LAUDATO SI-English version is available for download at the Knights of Saint Francis HOME page; pick-up some tips on how you can help Mother Earth in your daily practices. Finally, please make a tax deductible donation (via the Paypal donate button) to the KNIGHTS OF SAINT FRANCIS. Whether five dollars or five thousand; no amount is too big or too small!

photo by Korean Culture and Information Service

Four little things you can count on four fingers will get you the "Thumbs Up!" St. Francis' favorite sign-off..."Pax et Bonum", to all of you! Visit
Copyright 2015-Fabio G. Giotta


The Poet’s Plaza

by Fabio G. Giotta

In the mid 2000's, Angela Alioto and Lawrence Ferlinghetti joined together to realize a vision. The vision immediately spread to all of San Francisco and far beyond; building a real Italian piazza in San Francisco’s historic North Beachdistrict. Imagine “an oasis for San Franciscans and a national site for lovers of poetry, literature, music and art”, like the many storied piazzas of Italy, such as those in Orvieto, Firenze (Florence) and Siena.

Located in the 600 block of Vallejo Street, between Columbus and Grant Avenues, the Piazza Saint Francis project is a private/public partnership between the 501c3 Piazza Saint Francis organization/KNIGHTS OF SAINT FRANCIS OF ASSISI and the City of San Francisco.  In fact, the block will be closed permanently as of early September 2015 and will be temporarily outfitted for piazza duty, thanks to the efforts of S.F. Supervisor Christensen and the S.F. Board of Supervisors.

The Piazza is surrounded and anchored by the oldest church in California (following the Missions): Saint Francis Church, built in 1849, now, since 1998, known as the National Shrine of Saint Francis.  In 2008, the Nuova Porziuncola chapel was built next to the National Shrine by Cardinal William Joseph Levada and Angela Alioto. The Porziuncola Nuova is the “little sister” of the original Porziuncola in AssisiItaly, incorporating a wealth of art work, incredible stones including the famous "Pietra Rossa" of Assisi and materials from is a stunning example of authentic, artistic time-travel, is a “working” chapel, and is the only Papally designated Holy Place in the U.S.A.  The legendary coffee house that started the Espresso movement on the America’s West Coast and became an “artistic center”, Caffe Trieste, opened at the far opposite corner in 1956.  These landmarks remain vital, global gathering places for people from all walks of life. The Piazza will be paved with green and white Granite, with red accents of Assisi’s famous Pietra Rossa stone, and the pavement will be

incised with quotations from dozens of poets, writers and peacemakers, from Dante and Saint Francis to Shakespeare and Ferlinghetti.



Piazza Saint Francis will be “a small but beautiful open space;” a place where one can routinely enjoy the NEWCaffe Trieste Saturday Concert and other concerts held at the Caffe, along with the less formal serenades emanating from the Caffe as Accordions, Guitars and Mandolins play everything from Opera to Jazz in the mornings and evenings. Of course, we also look forward to the concerts and other artistic events and ceremonies held ON the Piazza. In fact, the KNIGHTS OF SAINT FRANCIS OF ASSISI (  Annual Gala is held on the “Piazza” each year, and the line-up has included such artists and celebrities as singer Franc D’Ambrosio, comedienne Annie Potts, flautist Andrea Ceccomori, news broadcaster Tom Sinkovitz, comedian Michael Pritchard and Assisi’s “singing friar” Frate Alessandro Brustenghi. Messrs. D’Ambrosio and Ceccomori are returning to team-up for the 2015 Knights Of Saint Francis Gala later this year!




The Piazza will become a destination that is passed on from one generation to the next; a locale that will bring the artistic past in to the future.  Please, watch the short, informative Piazza Saint Francis video at: and, most importantly, make your tax deductible online donation now.  One dollar, ten dollars, fifty dollars, or more; no gift is too small or too big. We’ll see you there!



Piazza web site

stephenrandolphIN MEMORIAM June 8, 2015 It has suddenly come to our attention that two TRIESTE MUSIC friends and colleagues, singer Stephen Randolph and Master Accordion repairman Gordon J. Piatanesi have passed away very recently. Steve Randolph wowed our Saturday Concert audiences audiences for years. Dubbed “the only Tenor I know who sings Cool Jazz”, Steve Randolph wowed our Saturday Concert audiences for years in the 2000’s. His renditions of “Don’t You Know” and “Satin Doll” were perennial favorites. It was a pleasure and privilege to have worked with him over the years, and the S.F. Bay Area musical community will feel his loss.


Gordon Piatanesi was part of the famous Piatanesi family accordion dynasty that started with the arrival of Colombo Piatanesi in San Francisco from Castelfidardo, Italy around the turn of the century, and his later establishment of Colombo & SonsAccordions on Columbus Ave. only a few blocks from our Caffe Trieste flagship location. Colombo is one of the most recognized ofAmerican-made brands, and the historic manufacturing, import and repair location operated under Gordon’s direction until the mid 1990’s on Columbus Avenue, after which it moved to San Rafael, CA. Gordon was a witty, highly skilled and trusted accordion artisan who took great care of my accordions for several decades. He was widely known and loved, and we will miss him very much. Photo above from Accordion video on YouTube.



The NEW Caffe Trieste Saturday Concert
Afternoons, 2:00 p.m. to 4 p.m.

The NEW Caffe Trieste Saturday Concert with the Giotta Family,The Caffe Trieste Band, and the Trieste Musical Family. Consider it a casual, Italianate version of the Lawrence Welk Show, replete with multiple accordions. Showtime is 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. with musical warm-up preceding the 2:00 downbeat.
Minimum drink charge: $8.50 per person. Two drink minimum.

Concert Schedule-2015 Season

September 19, 2015

A Caffe Trieste SaturdayConcert

The NEW Caffe Trieste Saturday Concert garnered great reviews during its 2014 debut season, and the first show for 2015 is scheduled for April 11. This powerful musical show has continued its evolution since its inception in 1971 and has been graced with awards, accolades and rave reviews by local, national, and international print, radio, and television media. The reformatted show follows the successful program style of its 2013 Christmas Concert Special as it continues in its well-known, Italian-flavored Lawrence Welk Show style, bringing to the stage vocal and instrumental renditions of Opera, Jazz, Country & Western, Showtunes and more, as performed by Fabio G. Giotta, Sonia Giotta, Lory Stark, Madeline Garcia, Alfredo Tollis, Ron Borelli, Ned “Eddi” Boynton, the Caffe Trieste Band. Showtime is 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. with musical warm-up preceding the 2:00 downbeat. Minimum drink charge: $8.50 per person. Visit the Music and Events pages at WWW.CAFFETRIESTE.COM for more information or call 415 EXbrook 2-6739.

The Caffe Trieste Band can consist of accordion, organ, piano, guitar, mandolin, bass guitar, bass violin, harmonica, washboard, banjo, spoons, congas and just about any other low-tech instrument (except for Fabio's Petosa Series II electronic accordion). Well known Bay Area favorites such as Bing Nathan (bass violin), Ned "Eddi" Boynton (bass guitar, guitar), David Sturdevant (guitar, harmonica, vocals), Dave Jess (bass guitar, drums), Tony Mance (bass guitar, banjo, vocals, a.k.a Antonio Mancini), Richard Mayers (conga drums/percussion), Jon Otis (conga drums/percussion) and Ron Borelli (accordion/piano) are "regulars" with the band. Multiple accordions are not unusual at the concert. Noted Bay Area accordionists such as Ron Sfarzo and Rene Sevieri join Fabio and the band. Our 2+hour show now starts at about 1 p.m. $8.50 minimum per person. No cover charge. For more information about show schedule, theme shows, and guest singers, please go to our events page.

In March, 2004. the Caffe’s seating and stage area arrangement were reconfigured to be more audience friendly. As it was in the late 1960’s and periodically in the 1980’s, the audience now enjoys the same Caffe Trieste ambience with an added bit of Cabaret flavor. The “new” stage area is set against the beautiful Fishermans’ mural depicting a scene in Sardegna, the house sound reinforcement system has been completely revamped and continues to be improved (engineer included), and the performances have never sounded or looked so good.

Matteo Casserino

"Mattinata di Mandolini"
2014-5 music schedule
10:30A to 12:30P
"M & M"
July 18
August 15
September 12


Special Musical Feature

Caffe Trieste Band guitarist "Eddi" Boynton brings his acoustic string quartet from 7 to 10:00 p.m. Come enjoy Romantic Gypsy Jazz, Choros, Rock, and Italian other great repertory. For more info, visit or call Eddi at (415) 710-7352


Ned Boynton
first Wednesday of each month: next performance is on July 1st

EVERY LAST AND FIRST very last and first Sunday morning of the month:
Mazurka Madness: David Wise and Friends' acoustic ensemble,
10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Sun, Jul 05, 2015
Sun, Jul 26, 2015
Sun, Aug 02, 2015
Sun, Aug 23, 2015
Sun, Sep 06, 2015
Sun, Sep 27, 2015
Sun, Oct 04, 2015
Sun, Oct 25, 2015
Sun, Nov 01, 2015
Sun, Nov 29, 2015
Sun, Dec 06, 2015
Sun, Dec 27, 2015
Sun, Jan 03, 2016

Thursday Night Concert Series


August 27, 2015

September 24, 2015

October 29, 2015

November 19, 2015

Singer Julie Smolin is an an extraordinary musician. She studied classical violin in Vienna, has sung with numerous country and blue grass bands in the bay area. Her rare voice is a treasure that comes from the heart and reaches into the heart. Elixir information.


July 17, 2015
August 21, 2015
November 13, 2015

Based in SF. Plays Latin jazz with a touch of Tito Puente. Perform live at Somart Cultural center, Cliff House, Turtle bay , SF Japan town Cherry Blossom festival, City of Pinole Summer Sound jazz festival, Velma's Jazz Club. Musicians: Tenor sax/Flute, Trumpet, Guitar, Piano, Bass, Drums, Conga. For more information visit:


If you know of an act that you would like to see on the Thursday Night Concert Schedule, please contact Fabio Giotta at


See Event Archives for a listing of past events.