That summer this boy and girl (more like man and woman) became husband and wife. It was as perfect a July day as anyone can order up in Ohio. 75 degrees, sunny, not a cloud in the sky, and no humidity. The day passed in a blur with well-wishes from family and friends. Before the newlyweds knew it, the celebrations came to an end and they were off under a beautiful summer night sky. But they were starving. Where to go? The groom suggested stopping off at the restaurant from their rehearsal dinner for a quick bite. His bride giggled-"in these clothes?" pointing to her voluminous ball gown and his tuxedo. "Why not?" And before long they were pulling into the parking lot. Tapping on the window of a restaurant that was closing up for the night, they were not certain of finding any food for their rumbling tummies. Yet the owner graciously unlocked the door and helped the groom put his bride on the bar stool. Of course they would be fed, and what a feast! The owner's mother had brought by some homemade Italian Wedding Cake for the staff that afternoon, and slices were brought out, along with several other delicious menu items to nibble on and bottles of wine. They all sat at the bar, laughing, chatting, eating, and making merry. When the bride and groom finally left, it was with two bottles of wine, a corkscrew and two wineglasses in hand. And memories to last them a lifetime.
Yes, Vaccaro's Trattoria was the perfect place to have our rehearsal dinner, but it was more than that. My husband and I will always love Raphael for his kindness and generous spirit he showed on the evening of our wedding, and each time we have returned to celebrate anniversaries, birthdays, even the pregnancy with our son. Returning to Vaccaro's is like coming home for us. We wish we lived closer than the two-hour drive so we could enjoy dinners there more often. It is all that we love in a restaurant-family owned, local, filled with tradition, and curated with love. We so look forward to the day when we can take our son there for his first dinner experience-once we break him of his chicken & fries only habit, that is!
|A Groom and his very hungry Bride|