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One last bite of ravioli, a sip of Chianti, a few tears, and just like that—a slice of Oakland’s Italian heritage slipped into the past. Francesco’s restaurant, a green-white-and-red fixture on Hegenberger Road since 1968, closed in March after 48 rollicking years. The building is for sale, the leather booths and wrought-iron chandeliers will be auctioned, and the staff of 35 will be out of work.