Located in San Francisco's vibrant Mid-Market neighborhood, Montesacro is the first Roman Pinseria Romana to open in the US


Montesacro is the name of a neighborhood of Rome, a hardscrabble working class quarter, like many others affected by the aftermath of the Second World War. Our goal is to pay an homage to those days and to the people who lived throughout that tumultuous time.

We take inspiration from the classic "fraschette" of the Lazio region and offer "pinsa", a modern take on the ancient flatbread once prepared by peasants living outside the imperial walls of the Roman Empire.

Fraschette have an ancient origin, dating back to Imperial Rome when peasants of the Roman countryside traveling to the capital to sell their products would stop at a roadside fraschetta for refreshments along the way.  

Fraschette had no kitchen, so these taverns originally only served the famous wine of the region, usually poured straight from the barrel, while patrons sat down on benches along long wooden tables, often bringing food of their own.

Over time the fraschetta concept evolved to include some typical foods of the Lazio region - offering cured meats, local cheeses and small stuzzichini like olives, pickles and sott’oli {olive oil cured vegetables}. Among all the local specialties, a particularly widespread was represented by roasted pork also known as porchetta.

The origins of the name "frasca" can be traced back to the ancient village of Frascati, just outside of Rome.


(415) 795-3040


510 Stevenson Street
San Francisco


MON - SAT  11:30am–2:30pm


MON - SAT  4pm–6pm


MON - SAT  4pm–11pm

SUN  4pm–9:30pm

Like a classic fraschetta, we offer our wide selection of imported and local cheeses and cured meats at retail prices TO GO – of course, along with all our wines and beers …

Montesacro Alimentari


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Inspired by old Roman “Mercati Rionali”,

Montesacro offers a variety of ingredients

carefully selected among the best

organic, sustainable domestic and imported resources



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Choose from our collection of special gift bags

filled with high quality products

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✦  PINSA  ✦


 The word ‘pizza’ most likely derives from 'pinsa' (pinsere in Latin meaning to press or to crush).

Pinsa in its ancient Roman origin was first described by Virgil in the Aeneid as being made with spelt and used as a "plate" to serve meat cooked in a hearty sauce - frugally topped with vegetables, meat bits or fruit.

The Romans used mainly farro (spelt) which was then known as "far".

It is reasonable to believe that it gave the name to our modern word "farina" (flour).

Today you can enjoy a taste of this ancient tradition at Montesacro, the first stateside pinseria offering a modern take on pinsa made with a blend of rice, soy and wheat flour imported directly from Rome, all GMO-free. 

It is low-fat, low-calorie and easy to digest. Part of the elaborated processing technique is the minimum 72-hours leavening process at controlled temperature, hydration of 80% (less calories) and the low content of olive oil (less fat), unlike traditional pizza will not complete its leavening during the digestive process.