Missing Spearfisher Owner of Popular San Francisco Restaurant

Paolo Dominici of San Francisco was reported missing on Saturday in the waters off a condominium cluster in Kailua-Kona, where he was vacationing with his wife and daughter…

Paolo Dominici

Paolo Dominici

…The Sunset District resident is the owner of Bacco Ristorante on Diamond Street in Noe Valley, a neighborhood fixture since it opened in 1993. Bacco made the Chronicle’s list of Top 100 Restaurants in 2004; last year, on KQED’s “Check, Please!,” Dominici spoke proudly of making all Bacco’s pasta and bread in-house.

The trip to Hawaii has been an annual ritual for Dominici and his family: “He loves the sea, the ocean, spear fishing,” said Luca Zanet, a waiter at the restaurant since 1995. Zanet described his longtime employer and friend as “soft-mannered, a very nice person … Everybody likes him.

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The Police Report:

The Hawai’i Police Department is asking for the public’s help in providing information about a California man who disappeared while spearfishing in Kona on Saturday (April 11).

Paulo Dominici of San Francisco went spearfishing with a friend off shore fronting the Kona Makai condominiums at 6:45 a.m. The friend returned to shore at 9:30 a.m. At 10:47 a.m., he reported Dominici missing.

Fire Department personnel located items belonging to the fisherman and turned them over to the Police Department. The case is classified as a missing person investigation.

Police ask anyone who may have seen the fisherman to call Detective Sharlotte Bird at 326-4646, extension 228, or the Police Department’s non-emergency line at 935-3311. Tipsters who prefer to remain anonymous may call Crime Stoppers at 961-8300 in Hilo or 329-8181 in Kona. All Crime Stoppers information is kept confidential.

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