|Bar Vitali, modestly promoted |
(the sign says only "BAR")
|Monteverde Vecchio in 1935. The photo hangs|
in a back room of Mario's place.
PS from Dianne - Mario is something of a local historian and has written (in Italian only and now out of print) an intriguing family history. His grandmother, widowed young with 4 very young children, simply started cooking for local construction workers, then selling anything she could buy and break up into smaller lots. Her home turned into a luncheonette, then a store, then the bar and tobacco shop owned by Mario's father. Mario's grandmother, who had built her business from scratch, was the one most upset by the church's closing off of via Lorenzo Valla, Mario told me when I asked. But she did attend the church and her burial procession, down via Lorenzo Valla, ended there - a touch of irony in the whole story.