You wouldn’t know it from entering the Inner Sunset location of Fiorella, the hit San Francisco Italian restaurant, but there’s a stylish, 14-seat cocktail bar hidden on its roof serving Lambrusco slushies and pasta as a bar snack.
Opening Wednesday, May 18, Bar Nonnina, is meant to evoke “your grandma’s elevated dining room,” said Boris Nemchenok, who owns San Francisco’s three Fiorella locations in addition to Uva Enoteca and Violet’s Tavern. This is not a typical rooftop bar: It’s a diminutive, fully enclosed room with a ceiling that happens to be located on the restaurant’s roof level. Bar Nonnina’s secluded space consists of two tables and a bar, with no seats — this is a drink-standing-up situation — and a fireplace. The soundtrack will be all Italian music, and many of the drinks are served in midcentury glassware, to emphasize the grandma mood.