Italian ceramics
Fresco Art gifts
religious articles
books, cards, icons
non religious gifts

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.

(manufactured by
Highland Laboratories)

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 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

April 11, 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

"Mattinata di Mandolini"
2014-5 music schedule
10:30A to 12:30P
"M & M"
March 21st
April 18th
May 9th

Zighi Baci
Sheri Mignano, bandleader
for updates about the music schedule,
please contact:

March 28


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


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.

January 26
Feb 2
Feb 23
March 2
March 30
April 6
April 20
May 4
May 25
July 27
August 3rd
August 31

Thursday Night Concert Series


Nov. 20
Jan. 29th
Feb. 26th
March 26th
April 30th
May 28th

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
August 21
November 13

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  

The San Francisco
Festival of the Mandolins


Zighi Baci

Sheri Mignano’s Zighi Baci (pronounced ZIGGY BOTCH-chee) band likes to play dance music in the Italian “Ballo Liscio” style: waltzes, mazurkas, polkas, rhumbas, tangos, tarantellas, paso dobles, jotas, and marches.

A hundred years ago, Italian dance hall music saturated popular culture with the Viennese school influence; it later fused with Latin rhythms and Italian melodies to create a broader appeal. By the mid-1950’s, the next generation of Italian-American composers were introducing these dance genres to San Francisco Bay Area audiences in cafes and nightclubs. Zighi Baci performs Italian standards and music written by Bay Area composers such as Frank & Lawrence Andrini, Peter Tarzia, Rudy Cipolla, Gino Pellegrini, Mike Corino, and other Italian immigrants.

Two thousand four marks Zighi Baci’s debut at the Cotati Accordion Festival! Their performance is dedicated to Sheri Mignano’s grandfather, Francesco Mignano who played the button box, and to Mike Corino, composer, accordion virtuoso and teacher. Fabio Giotta will sit in as guest accordionist at the Festival.

Zighi Baci also performs at Caffe Trieste locations and at other venues throughout Northern California

Sports Events at the Caffe

To be announced.

See Event Archives for a listing of past events.