Augosto Vasaio opened his landmark Italian restaurant in July 1949 on New York Avenue, and it became magnet for everyone from stars to well, everyone who loves to eat. My cousin, Peter adored it for the large portions of comfort food, Italian style. He was in heaven when we had cousin parties there. I remember him ordering platter after platter until we all left groaning. We would be sure to be a little bit messy because the restaurant was a customer of Modern Linen which my Uncle Mimi and Dad ran throughout the 1960s. "Modern" kept them supplied with tablecloths and napkins for many years.
|cousin party circa 1985|
My father was a fan of the restaurant and remembers that Augusto used to fill a big old station wagon full of stockings, toothpaste, cigarettes- whatever he thought would sell overseas. He (and the car) would get on a boat to Italy every year, and come back with a new load of olive oil and pasta and cheeses. Not to mention that Italian yard art that A.V.'s is so famous for in the courtyard.
Another piece of Washington history is slipping away. The doors close July 28.