Palio D’Asti Toasts Sophia Loren in Downtown San Francisco

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Popular Italian Restaurant Offers Half Price Wine all Month in Honor of Star’s September Birthday.

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Leaning Tower of Pisa, the Coliseum in Rome, Michaelangelo’s David, and Sophia Loren. All are icons of Italian culture- but only one celebrates her birthday on September 20. Palio D’Asti, in San Francisco’s Financial District ( thinks that’s worth noting and is encouraging its lunch patrons to “Toast to Sophia” during the entire month of September with half price off all wine by the glass Monday through Friday from 11:30am- 2:30pm.

Palio has long been considered one of the best Italian restaurants of downtown’s movers and shakers for its European style white tablecloth service and authentic, regional Italian cuisine that changes seasonally. Palio is also known for its Wine Spectator award winning wine list of Italian and California varietals; with 18 by the glass selections evenly divided among whites and reds, and Italian sparkling choices perfect for celebrating celebrity birthdays or sealing a business deal. From a classic Umbrian Orvieto and Barolo Reversanti of Piemonte to wines from Campania, Sicily, and Napa Valley, owner Martino DiGrande, the scion of an Italian restaurant family, is available to personally help you pair your lunch with the perfect vino.

“Sophia Loren may be turning 78, but the silver screen legend has definitely proven, that like a good wine, the older you get, the better. So we think she definitely deserves a glass raised in honor,” said DiGrande who greets every guest and carefully crafts his wine selection to complement Palio’s changing repertoire of regional Italian dishes. “At 50% off, we hope to encourage our patrons to enjoy lunch Italian style. Plus, we’ve recently added an assortment of unpasteurized Italian Cheeses to our dessert menu that are perfect for sharing and a great way to help finish off that last sip of wine.”

Celebrating 22 years in downtown San Francisco, Palio D’Asti features not only classic and contemporary Italian regional cuisine, but the bounty of Northern California as well. An original member of Slow Foods San Francisco (inspired by the Slow Foods movement founded in Italy to encourage both exceptional cuisine and a commitment to community and the environment), Palio utilizes organic and sustainable ingredients sourced from local farms and fishermen, as well as select artisan products including breads, gelato and chocolates.

About the company:
Open Monday-Friday for lunch from 11:30am- 2:30pm and Monday-Saturday for dinner from 5-9pm, Palio D’Asti is located at 640 Sacramento Street between Kearny and Montgomery in San Francisco. Featuring exceptional service at it’s a la carte lunch, it also offers a full bar, weekday $1 Pizza Happy Hour from 4-7pm and a prix fixe, “mix and match” dinner format with any two courses for $32, three course for $39 and 4 courses for $44. With several private rooms available for group dining, Palio D’Asti is also the ideal San Francisco party venue or corporate meeting location (contact

For reservations or more information call (415) 658-9295 or visit where you can also make reservations online. To stay up to date on the latest specials and offers, see Palio D’Asti on facebook and twitter.

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