How a FiDi Italian Standby Remodels for a New Generation of Diners

Nov 08, 2018 208

BY: Caleb Pershan

After nearly 30 years in the Financial District, Palio D’Asti is changing with the times. The business closed its massive, 200-seat dining room in June for an extensive remodel, an effort to catch up with the shifting demands of downtown diners — while still honoring its traditions and long-time staff. In December, the restaurant reopens at 640 Sacramento to greet loyal customers — and hopefully new ones — as Palio.

“It lasted thirty years before it was time to say, ‘we need to switch it around a little bit,’” says Martino DiGrande, who joined the 1990-opened restaurant in 2006 and took over as owner in 2012. DiGrande knows a thing or two about shifting dining traditions: An SF native, he grew up in his father’s restaurant, DiGrande’s, in the Sunset District.

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