Alioto’s Restaurant Welcomes the Fourth Generation of Alioto’s Into the Family Business

Alioto’s Restaurant, one of the oldest seafood restaurants in San Francisco that specializes in traditional Sicilian recipes and private dining, is thrilled to announce that it is now run by the latest generation of Alioto family members.

“Customers are amazed when they speak with us that so many family members are involved in the restaurant,” Matt Violante, one of the business owners, said. “I can tell you that the saying is true, ‘You can always find an Alioto at Alioto’s.’”

From Nonna Rose Alioto, who set up a fresh fish stall at Fisherman’s Wharf in 1925, the restaurant grew to become a favorite among locals and visitors. Eventually, the management of the restaurant was passed on to their three children; then down to their nine grandchildren; and now, 87 years later, Alioto’s is run by the great-grandchildren.

Seven family members run the day-to-day operations of both the main restaurant and Waterside Cafe, a cafe-type venue in the same location. Six other members manage other aspects of the business.

With the new generation of family members now involved, the restaurant has become more visible in social channels and through their website.

“As one of the oldest fine dining restaurants in San Francisco, and the oldest restaurant on Fisherman’s Wharf, the family is looking to connect with the younger demographic and introduce the same great product it has served for generations,” Violante said.

Alioto’s prides itself on its great selection of seafood, such as sea bass, sand dabs, sole, swordfish, tuna, scallops and Dungeness crab, all of which is caught locally, whenever possible, and is always fresh. Family recipes that have been passed down through the generations continue the tradition of the excellent Sicilian specialties that made the restaurant a culinary landmark.

“Despite the heavy influx of new restaurants, we are here to stay; not because we’ve been here for a long time but because our food and service is very good,” Violante said.

For more information about any of Alioto’s Restaurant’s products or services, call 415-673-0184, view the restaurant on the Web at or visit 8 Fisherman’s Wharf in San Francisco.

Founded in 1925, Alioto’s Restaurant is one the oldest fine dining seafood restaurants in San Francisco. The family-owned business has been passed down through four generations and combines traditional dishes with locally farmed and fished products. Alioto’s Restaurant specializes in traditional Sicilian seafood recipes and features banquet rooms. Located at 8 Fisherman’s Wharf at the Foot of Taylor, facing the San Francisco fishing harbor, there is validated parking directly across the street. Follow Alioto’s on Facebook at