Adjacent to San Francisco's Chinatown, North Beach was long the center of the city's Italian community. (Joe DiMaggio and former mayor Joe Alioto are among the famous Italian Americans who grew up here.) The symbolic heart of the neighborhood is Washington Square Park, presided over by the Saints Peter and Paul Church. This was a hub of the city's beat-poetry scene, when writers found the neighborhood's cafés to be inviting places to write and meet. Much of the Italian community has since moved on, but the neighborhood's cultural roots remain visible to this day in the form of trattorias and pastry shops.