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Italian Restaurant "Chianti Bottle" Ashtray

Italian Restaurant "Chianti Bottle" Ashtray

$169.00

Romeo (pronounced Ro-MAY-oh) was born in Italy, of course. He was one of twins, and his sister was named Juliet. Things like that can happen only in Italy. He was raised in a state-run institution in Florence after his father's death in an Italian Navy submarine in 1910. As soon as he was able, he, too, joined the submarine service. After his discharge, he became a cabin steward and kitchen boy on several Italian liners, where he learned to cook. He entered the United States as a penniless and illegal immigrant in 1929, jumping ship in New York. A business card given to him by a passenger, whom he had cared for during a bout of sea sickness, was his passport into the restaurant world. The passenger, who ran the Central Park Casino, hired him as a waiter, and Mr. Salta eventually moved on to work in various capacities at the Pierre Hotel, the Waldorf Astoria and the St. Moritz.

In 1951, with a partner, he opened Mercurio in midtown Manhattan. It was one of the most popular hangouts for the top models of the day, including the young Grace Kelly. He and his partner eventually dissolved their business arrangement, and Mr. Salta opened Romeo Salta on West 56th Street, where it was particularly favored by theater and music personalities, as Romeo became a celebrity in his own right.

Offered is an extremely rare "Chianti Bottle" Ashtray, a collectible artifact custom made for the legendary restaurant.

Italian Restaurant "Chianti Bottle" Ashtray
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