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early 1970's - San Rafael CA - italian-sounding name of supermarket?

Georgia Strait | Jan 21, 201108:56 PM

Hello from Vancouver BC
this question came up over the recent holidays during our family dinners

During a family trip to SF area in the early 1970's, I remember going to an amazing supermarket (it seemed amazing for sure to me in Grade 5 at the time) located in vicinity of Sir Frances Drake Blvd and Hwy 101 in San Rafael CA

It seems to me it was southwest of that intersection

it was a relatively large market - bigger than a current Trader Joe's for sure. It was very similar to a Safeway of the same era.

It had live lobsters in tanks, huge meaty steaks, amazingly bountiful produce displays -- and WINE -- right in the supermarket (being from Canada, that was unheard of)

certainly, we had the famous (and still missed) "Woodwards Food Floors" in Vancouver here - where beef came from their own ranch etc - but this Italian-sounding supermarket in San Rafael certainly made an impression on my then-young food tastes.

i hope someone can tell us the name -- yes, I do lie awake thinking about these kind of nostalgia / trivia questions!

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