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So Cincinnati: Scotti's Going Strong For Five Generations

Updated: Wednesday, November 27 2013, 04:38 PM EST
CINCINNATI (WKRC) -- New restaurants with trendy foods are a huge draw in Over-The-Rhine.  But another restaurant is recognized nationally for what it has been for more than 100 years, a family run business. Scotti's Italian restaurant opened in Cincinnati in 1912.  It's been in the same place on Vine Street for 60 years, as Local 12's Deborah Dixon tells us with the fifth generation of the same family running the restaurant, Scotti's is So Cincinnati.

Walking off Vine Street into Scotti's Italian Restaurant is like going back in time..  back to Old World Italy.

Marco DiMarco, Scotti's Restaurant:
"It's pronounced Antonio Scotti. He's an opera singer, early 1900's, my great-grandfather met him."

Great grandfather Salvatore Scoleri opened Scotti's in Cincinnati more than 100 years ago.
Marco, his brother Pasquale and sister Rina are fifth generation, cooking italian with the recipes Rina has in her head.

Rina DiMarco, Scotti's Restaurant:
"Learned from watching father,grandmother, aunt."

Some dishes you just can't get anywhere else.

"Green lasagna Damelia, with spinach Italian ham eggplant."

Pasta, sausage, sauces...all made here daily.

Patrick McKenna, Regular Scotti's Customer:
"Imagine having 15 sauces on anything you want, it's like going to a steak house and saying what kind of gravy do you want."

Art Kessnick, Regular Scotti's Customer:
"They treat you like family, never ask for a menu, get the same thing, mostaccioli hot Italian sausage."

Some customers really are like family... Carol was five when she first came here. Marc's father Guido served her.

"When their father was six, I was five years old, 70 years ago."

"Now have fourth generation serving us, started with grandmother, now children serving us."

Grandmother Tenarina demanded certain behaviors in Scotti's.  No one is sure why she threw out attorney F. Lee Bailey, but she did.  I remember her from years ago.

"She told you what to eat and you liked it, I did like it."

Even the old cash register is a nod to the past...acquired a few years after the 1937 flood.

To this family, some things should never change.

"Why are these meat balls so good...looking at five generations of recipe, a lot of time put into those meat balls."

So, while the new, cool restaurants open in Over-The-Rhine,  you can still go back in time.  Just walk into Scotti's Italian Restaurant on Vine. It's about tradition, and family. The sixth generation works here on weekends.
So Cincinnati: Scotti's Going Strong For Five Generations


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