||As of May 26,
2002, North Beach neighbors and fans of the Panelli Deli have to
look elsewhere for their Segafredo espresso and paper-thin prosciutto.
The Panelli twins, Richard and Robert, decided to close the family deli
after more than 80 years. Opened by the Panellis' father, Ernesto, and
uncle, Edigio, on Grant Avenue before the Great Depression, the deli eventually
settled here, at 1419 Stockton Street. When the impending closure was announced,
not for economic reasons but due to the Panellis' own fatigue, a shock
ran through the neighborhood as suddenly North Beach became decidedly less
Less than a year later in
March, 2003, the Florence Deli and Ravioli Factory,
a 67 year-old neighborhood institution across the street at 1412 Stockton
Street, also went out of business.