Nice Location: Italian Restaurant Promoted on Google Maps App

Courtesy Google Inc.

The listing for Google Maps in Apple's App Store contains a plug for the San Francisco Italian restaurant Delfina.

When the Google Maps app for the iPhone arrived last night, it was greeted with cheers by those who were literally lost without it. But perhaps no one was more excited about the new application than the staff of an Italian restaurant in San Francisco.

Featured prominently in the listing for Google Maps in Apple’s App Store and on Google’s website is Delfina, the only restaurant shown in the promotional materials. The listing displays its 27/30 rating from Google’s Zagat review.

“Seeing us in the App Store this morning was a great surprise,” Ashley Bellview, a spokeswoman for Delfina, wrote in an e-mail. Google had sought the restaurant’s permission to include it, without explicitly saying what the promotion would be, she said.

Located in the city’s hipster-friendly Mission District, Delfina and its pizzeria next door are popular among the tech crowd. The two places combined have more than 2,900 reviews on Yelp and more than 8,400 check-ins on Foursquare. Craig and Annie Stoll opened Delfina 14 years ago near the height of the dot-com bubble.

“We feed a lot of the bay area tech world,” Bellview wrote.

And now, Google Maps may be feeding it some new business.

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