On a crisp autumn day in 1869, San Francisco held America’s first Columbus Day celebration. Italian marching bands sounded trumpets that echoed through the steel canyons of downtown, and the abundant presence of red, white, and green signaled that this parade was about more than any one man. In fact, the Columbus Day Parade has since become the Italian Heritage Parade—an annual ritual that winds its way from Fisherman’s Wharf to North Beach. For some, the celebration doesn’t stop there. It continues throughout the year at culinary outposts such as Nob Hill’s Ristorante Milano and Pizzeria Delfina in the Mission.
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