Al Baccari Knows North Beach Best

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The Chronicle’s front page Sunday Profile features Alessandro Baccari, Jr., an outstanding Italian-American historian, preservationist and collector.

Al is North Beach’s non-resident historian too. He lives on West Portal now but was born and raised in North Beach.

Al is 84 and he knows everything about North Beach’s Italian community and he loves to share his stories. He was the curator of the now gone North Beach Museum.

His personal collection of art and artifacts could fill a museum. In fact it did last year at the Old Mint’s Brava L’Italia exhibit in SOMA.

Here’s a post I did a year ago when I visited Al’s Old Mint North Beach exhibit and today’s Chronicle profile.

One Reply to “Al Baccari Knows North Beach Best”

  1. To Gianni Molla: I worked for Al in the 1970’s. Sorry about Cathy. You can tell him I’m still alive and klcking, doing well at 82 in Beaverton, Oregon. Haven’t been back to San Francisco since I left in 1986.

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