Two brothers pay homage to their Italian ancestry in their third-generation bar/restaurant.
The three diners at yonder table are conversing in Italian. It’s the best kind of ambiance for an Italian storefront joint by the name of Dino’s. The Riverwest business is a few buildings over from Scardina Specialties, a sausage maker/deli that supplies the Italians for Dino’s Sunday sugo dish.
With the bar stools occupied elbow-to-elbow by regulars (or people who just act like them), Dino’s is thoroughly Riverwest. It opened in 1968 as a bar. Fish fry and Italian food came in the early 1980s. And 47 years after their late grandfather christened the place, Lawrence and Anthony Lococo have given it a lift.