Issue:  Vol. 48 / No. 12 / 22 March 2018

Party to support North Beach eatery

Everyone’s invited to gather for lunch at Caffe Macaroni – Sciue Sciue, 124 Columbus Avenue in San Francisco from 2 to 5 p.m. Tuesday, April 7.

After an incident last month involving restaurant’s owner, in which prize-winning gay author Mark Doty claimed he was called “faggot,” angry bloggers announced they would never eat at either of Mario Ascione’s North Beach restaurants again.

But Ascione has denied the word “faggot” was used and has said, “We love gay people.”

And plenty of gay people appear to love him, too. Ascione’s LGBT supporters, some of whom have known him for years, came up with the lunch idea and many of them plan to appear in drag.

“I love it!” said Ascione.

For more information about the lunch, look up “Lunch @ Caffe Macaroni” at, or call (415) 217-8400.

To read the Bay Area Reporter’s previous coverage of the story, visit

— Seth Hemmelgarn, April 3, 2009 @ 1:33 pm PST
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