SF Italian comfort food restaurant closes after 40 years

April 28, 2021Updated: April 28, 2021 2:57 p.m. Ristorante Parma,  at 3314 Steiner St. in San Francisco, has announced its permanent closure.  Ashish M. via Yelp Ristorante Parma, a Southern Italian comfort food spot in the Marina District, has announced its closure after more than 40 years in business.  “Since I […]

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Ristorante Parma,  at 3314 Steiner St. in San Francisco, has announced its permanent closure. 

Ristorante Parma,  at 3314 Steiner St. in San Francisco, has announced its permanent closure. 

Ashish M. via Yelp

Ristorante Parma, a Southern Italian comfort food spot in the Marina District, has announced its closure after more than 40 years in business. 

“Since I was 19, I have been blessed to meet and serve so many amazing customers in my second home,” wrote owner Angela Elia on Instagram. “Welcoming everyone with a smile and a hug while delivering mouth watering Italian dishes to their tables is what my father Pietro, taught me to do best, it’s in my blood. Actually, since I was 5 years old, I was in the restaurant pretending to take orders, asking my father if he wanted a hot dog with a side of fries!”

The family-owned establishment first opened in 1980, serving Italian favorites from lasagna bolognese to spaghetti alla vongole. In early March this year, Ristorante Parma was featured in a KPIX story on the return of San Francisco indoor dining. Elia said that adding four tables inside made a huge financial difference for the restaurant, and alluded to the challenging year they’d had with the pandemic. 

Ristorante Parma, at 3314 Steiner St. in San Francisco, has announced its permanent closure. 

Ristorante Parma, at 3314 Steiner St. in San Francisco, has announced its permanent closure. 

Rein C. via Yelp

“From sadness to happiness, to being depressed, looking a little bit hopeful, but I’m just tired too, it’s very emotional, and draining at times, and worrying,” Elia told KPIX. 

Unfortunately, the return of indoor dining couldn’t save Ristorante Parma. The restaurant’s last day will be April 30, Elia wrote on Instagram.


“It breaks my heart to have to do this, but for my well being it has to be done,” wrote Elia on Instagram. 

Ristorante Parma could not be reached for comment at time of publication. 



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