SF Classic: Liguria Bakery

it’s been a while, but junkfoodie is back once again. A recent early morning visit to North Beach prompted me to write about one of the oldest bakeries left in SF; Liguria Bakery. Opened in 1911, this family run bakery is a San Francisco institution. Still owned by the Soracco family, this focaccia-only bakery has not changed much since I was a kid.


They now offer more non-traditional varieties, like jalapeño/cheese, but I suppose  you have to be adaptable to survive these days. I remember them offering plain, onion, “pizza” and raisin only, so I ordered one plain and one raisin this time.


Each piece is still a good sized portion, probably12″x14″, and for $4.00, it’s an amazing value for the quality and neighborhood! One of the things I enjoy the most about Liguria is the old-school vibe of the place, from the minimalist decor to the old fashioned butcher paper and twine wrapping.

If you are lucky, Mama Socorro will wait on you, and you’ll get to see her wrapping up your order. 


As for the focaccia, it is light and airy with a nice, crisp edge. The raisin is perfect for toasting at home, and slathering with butter. The onion makes a great mid-day snack and the plain is the perfect accompaniment to a plate of homemade pasta. You can also grab a slab to go, pick up an espresso and nearby Caffe Trieste and enjoy and alfresco breakfast in Washington Square park.

Liguria Bakery

1700 Stockton Street @ Filbert St.

North Beach at the NE corner of Washington Square Park


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