Quo Vadis Ashtray (1946)

Quo Vadis Ashtray (1946)

$129.00

Bruno Caravaggi was born in 1916 in Castel San Giovanni, Italy, and began his restaurant career as a busboy in London while still in his teens. He then worked at Spa, in Belgium, where he met his future partner, and the two came to New York in 1939 on one of the last liners out of Europe before World War II began. Soon after their arrival, they joined the staff of the Belgian Pavilion at the World's Fair and later went on to the Brussels Restaurant.

Mr. Caravaggi and his partner, Gino Robusti, opened Quo Vadis, opulently decorated with columns and red velvet, on East 63d Street between Madison and Park Avenues in 1946, and almost immediately it became a fashionable destination, a favorite of celebrities like Princess Grace, Jacqueline Kennedy, Frank Sinatra, Truman Capote, Nat King Cole and Diana Vreeland. "Knife and Fork in New York" described Quo Vadis as "a delightful new restaurant unveiled by a couple of young paragons of politeness whose virtuosity as suggesters, carvers, servers and general pleasers is quite extraordinary." Craig Claiborne, writing in The New York Times, called it one of the finest kitchens in Manhattan, with polished service, when he awarded it four stars in 1968.

Quo Vadis went dark forever in 1984, but you can own this original ashtray, a rare souvenir from one of New York's most fashionable Continental restaurants.

Quo Vadis Ashtray (1946)
Item #NYC2686

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