The History & Culture of San Francisco’s North Beach

Our friends at Spots Unknown made a great video about the history and culture of San Francisco’s North Beach from the perspective of long time resident John Mola.

Presented through the eyes and hands of local North Beach resident, John Mola, a former poverty lawyer and Old World Italy aficionado, this video first touches on Chinatown’s growth into previous North Beach territory, then presents some restaurants that are part of what Mola sees as a trend of Italian immigrants coming back into North Beach. It finishes with him sourcing and making a gnocchi dish from scratch. Do not watch this video hungry!

Scott Beale
Scott Beale

Scott Beale founded Laughing Squid in 1995 in San Francisco and is currently based in New York City. When not running the blog, Scott can be found posting on Threads and sharing photos on Instagram.