Vino Levantino has two new additions to its interior: two historic photos showing members of co-owner Haim Amit’s extended family. The photos are nestled against the back wall alcove, where diners can enjoy a memorable evening over elegant wine and flavorful bourekas or quinoa falafel, among many other tasty menu items. The photos carry you back in time, to Izmir, Turkey and Haim’s Sephardic heritage.
“Standing in the photo on the left is my maternal grandmother, Dona (Sazbon) Danon. Next to her is my Aunt Esther, her sister. Seated are my maternal great-grandparents, Diamante and Bechor Yosef Sazbon,” Haim says, “My grandmother Dona Danon served as the inspiration for the cuisine at Vino Levantino. Her classic Sephardic recipes have been passed down in my family and preserved in a special family collection highlighting many of her favorite dishes. These treasured volumes, published in her ninth decade of life, were presented to each and every grandchild as a cherished link to the family’s heritage.”