San Francisco 1906 Earthquake Marriage Project

IMAGE: Giuseppe Alioto and Domenica Lazio, married 1914Giuseppe ALIOTO (22 Dec 1886 - 13 Oct 1961) and
Domenica Mae LAZIO (3 Jan 1893 - 28 Apr 1971)
Married: 16 April 1914, Saints Peter and Paul Church, San Francisco

In 1906, Lorenzo "Lawrence" and Angela Lazio lived on Filbert street with their four daughters and one son. They had come to San Francisco from Sicily in 1892. Mr. Lazio was the successful owner of the Western Fish Company and owned a number of fishing boats (probably the Italian-style fishing boats known as Felucca's, see the 1908 picture below).

On the morning of the earthquake, they rushed from their residence into the street. Mrs. Lazio said, "Let's all kneel and pray." Her husband shot back, "No one is going to pray, we are getting out of here!" Thus, they rushed down to Fisherman's Wharf and clamored aboard one of his boats. At that moment a young fish dealer, Giuseppe Alioto, was running by. Mr. Lazio yelled to the stranger, "Salta Giovanotto, Salta!!! jump young man jump!" As Giuseppe jumped aboard he noticed the eldest daughter, Domenica Lazio. He could not approach her because she was too young. But, he was obviously enamored of her because he said to himself, "One day I shall marry her." Almost exactly eight years later, on 16 April 1914, they were married in the Saints Peter and Paul Church in San Francisco.

Giuseppe and Domenica eventually had four children: Antonina, Joseph Lawrence (who would become a mayor of San Francisco), Angelina Teresa, and Stephanie Marie.

IMAGE:Fisherman's Wharf, circa 1908The young fish dealer, Guiseppe Alioto, also from Sicily, was in San Francisco by himself in 1906. It was not until 1910 that his parents and other siblings arrived and made an impact on the local fishing industry and the development of Fisherman's Wharf. He was the oldest son and had nine brothers and two sisters. There must have been a natural chemistry between the two families. Three of the Alioto brothers and one sister married three of the Lazio sisters and one brother between 1914 and 1927:

  • Giuseppe Alioto (22 Dec 1886 - 13 Oct 1961) and Domenica Mae Lazio (3 Jan 1893 - 28 Apr 1971), married 16 April 1914, Saints Peter and Paul Church
  • Ignazio Alioto (07 Feb 1889 - 18 May 1962) and Frances Marie Lazio (24 Jun 1896 - 9 Apr 1988), married 21 Nov 1914
  • Anetta Alioto (15 Feb 1905 - 13 Aug 2003) and Gaetano Natale "Thomas" Lazio (25 Nov 1905 - 01 Jul 1998), married 12 Dec 1925
  • Giovanni Giuseppe "John J." Alioto (11 Aug 1901 - 02 Jan 1947) and Antonina Inez "Nina" Lazio (22 Mar 1904 - 01 Apr 1989), married 08 Oct 1927
  • The other Alioto siblings included Antonina, Nunzio, Mariano, Francesco, and Salvatore. The other Lazio siblings included Josephine and Marie Veronica.

    The Alioto-Lazio couples and their descendants have directly impacted the history of San Francisco, and continues to this day in local government and business.

    Alioto, Joseph Lawrence (1916-1998). He was mayor of San Francisco from 1968 to 1976. He has also been a private attorney, a member of the anti-trust division in the Justice Department (1940-45), president of the San Francisco Board of Education (1948-54), served on the board of the San Francisco Redevelopment Agency (1955-58),  was president of the Rice Growers Association (1959-1975), and a founding member and Chairman of the Board of First San Francisco Bank. In 1956, he helped develop the Food for Peace Program of the U.S. Senate.

    He was born on 12 February 1916 in San Francisco. He was married twice. His first wife was Angelina Genaro and they had six children: Lawrence Emanuel, Joseph Michael, John Ignatius, Thomas Raymond, Angela Mia, and Michael Joseph. His second wife was Kathleen Sullivan and they had two children: Patrick and Domenica Mary. He died from prostate cancer in San Francisco on 29 January 1998.

    Alioto, Angela Mia (1949-). She was on the San Francisco Board of Supervisors from 1988 to 1997, and during that time served on various committees in addition to being Board President. 

    Legislation and programs that she has introduced include the first anti-smoking ordinance in the World, creating a comprehensive homeless plan, increased AIDS teenager awareness and city services, needle exchange legislation, crimes legislation, workers rights protection, minority business laws, european-style sidewalk seating, and the creation of the San Francisco Film Commission and the San Francisco Youth Commission.

    She is a lifetime member of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), Chair of the Board of Directors for the National Shrine of St. Francis of Assisi, and a member of the Dante Society of Florence, among many other civic and social organizations.

    Angela has written a book, Straight to the Heart, about her experiences in San Francisco politics, and is currently a private attorney specializing in anti-discrimination. She was born on 20 October 1949 in San Francisco, was married to Adolfo Veronese and had four children: Angela Mia, Adolfo, Joseph, and Gian-Paolo. She also currently has two grandchildren: Chiara Mia Veronese Lind and Sebastiano Veronese Lind. Angela is the daughter of Joseph Lawrence Alioto.


    Veronese, Joseph Alioto (1973-). He graduated from the University of San Francisco Law School and worked as an attorney with the law firm of Mayor Joseph L. Alioto and Angela Alioto. He graduated from the San Francisco Police Academy in 1996, served as a Senior Investigator for the San Francisco District Attorney's Office, was elected as a Municipal Utility District Director, and has been a San Francisco Police Commissioner since 2004. He was born on 22 March 1973 in San Francisco, and is the son of Angela Alioto.

    Alioto-Pier, Michela (1968-). She was appointed to the San Francisco Board of Supervisors in 2003 after Gavin Newsom was elected mayor, and was re-elected in 2004. She currently serves with the San Francisco County Transportation Authority, on the Board of Supervisors Rules Committee, and Golden Gate Bridge Board of Directors. In addition, she has served as a San Francisco Port Commissioner, served on the National Council on Disabilities Advisory Board, and worked for Vice-President Al Gore as an advisor on domestic policy matters and a liaison to the Department of Health & Human Services. She was born on 29 March 1968 in San Francisco, married to Thomas Pier and has two children: Nicholas and Giovanna. She is the daughter of Joseph Michael Alioto, son of Joseph Lawrence Alioto.

    IMAGE: Joseph L. Alioto and Angela Alioto
    Joseph Alioto and Angela Alioto

    IMAGE: Angela Alioto and Joseph Alioto Veronese
    Angela Alioto and Joseph Veronese


    Alioto-Lazio Fish Company (aka F. Alioto Fish Company)
    440 Jefferson Street
    San Francisco, CA

    This woman owned fish company at Fisherman's Wharf was started by Thomas Lazio about 1943. His wife (Anetta Alioto), daughter (Stephanie Cincotta) and granddaughters (Angela Cincotta, Annette Traverso and Mary Ann Shepherd) carry on the tradition that the Lazio family began many years ago.

    IMAGE: Aliot-Lazio Fish Company, San Francisco, 2005
    Aliotos Restaurant
    #8 Fisherman's Wharf (Taylor & Jefferson)
    San Francisco, CA

    The restaurant was started in 1925 by Nunzio Alioto, one of Giuseppe's brothers. When Nunzio passed away in 1933, the business was taken over by his wife Rosa Maria. Their children still operate the restaurant to this day.

    IMAGE: Alioto's Restaurant, San Francisco, 2005

    IMAGE: Giuseppe Alioto and Domenica Lazio
    Giuseppe Alioto and 
    Domenica Mae Lazio
    Credits: The story of how Guiseppe and Domenica Alioto met was graciously given in a 2005 interview to Ron Filion by Mrs. Antonina Scarpulla, their daughter. Permission was also given by Mrs. Scarpulla to use the pictures of her parents. Permission to use the pictures of Joseph L. Alioto, Angela Alioto and Joseph Veronese were given by Angela Alioto. The pictures of the Alioto-Lazio building and the Alioto's restaurant were taken by Ron Filion in August 2005. The picture of the Felucca's at Fisherman's Wharf is "Courtesy San Francisco Maritime NHP, A12.21980". Thank you to the Saints Peter and Paul Church for research assistance.

    06 November 2005 | updated 05 February 2006, copyright © 2005-2006 Ron Filion and Pamela Storm. All rights reserved.