Eduardo Arola co-founded his Italian cafe and restaurant in the Mission District with a very limited budget. Working alongside Luis Raga, they started Caffè Fiore in May 2011. It took five months of intense labor to get the restaurant where it is today, a casual yet elegant Italian eatery with unique breakfast, lunch and dinner menus paired with occasional live music.
“We offer simple Italian food... like mom used to make... Italian comfort food,” Eduardo explains. “Some Neapolitan dishes... and wines from throughout Italy, as well as California and France.”
Eduardo is no stranger to the restaurant business, having worked in several Italian restaurants across the Bay Area. His cohort, Luis, owned no fewer than two restaurants in Madrid. These two friends of over 20 years finally made their dream of opening a restaurant in San Francisco a reality when they found this ideal spot at 24th and Guerrero. Caffè Fiore was born.
“I believe that good Italian food at our price is impossible to find other than here.”
A trip to other Italian restaurants in San Francisco would not counter this argument, as most pasta dishes at Fiore average at $10 (with seafood at $15). But what makes Caffè Fiore really shine is its personable service.
“We know many of our customers by name, and many of them like to hang out with us.”
With a cool joint like Caffè Fiore, it’s not hard to see why.