Old Town Alexandria restaurant brings back 1979 menu and prices from 40 years ago

Landini Brothers restaurant in Alexandria
Landini Brothers opened in 1979. (Courtesy Landini Brothers)

Longtime Old Town Alexandria Italian restaurant Landini Brothers, at 115 King St., is marking its 40th anniversary Oct. 28 by taking diners back to the past.

The family-owned restaurant, founded in 1979, is bringing back for one night only the original menu that waiters brought to diners’ tables. And that means 1979 prices at the Virginia restaurant.

What did a good Italian meal at a descent, white tablecloth Italian restaurant go for 40 years ago?

The Oct. 28 menu will include dishes like veal parmigiana for $9.95, Penne all’ Arrabbiata for $8.95 and Tortellini in Brodo for $2.95. The original menu, and prices, will be offered for dinner service only.

Several of the dishes that debuted on that original menu are still on the menu at Landinii Brothers, including Scaloppine di Vitello Landini and Linguine alle Vongole Bianche with baby clams.

Italian immigrant brothers Franco and Piero Landini opened the restaurant. Franco’s son Noe Landini is the current owner.

Some of the restaurant’s current staff have worked at the restaurant for decades.

Here’s the original 1979 menu and the dishes Landini Brothers will serve Oct. 28:

Landini Menu by wtopweb on Scribd

Jeff Clabaugh

Jeff Clabaugh has spent 20 years covering the Washington region's economy and financial markets for WTOP as part of a partnership with the Washington Business Journal, and officially joined the WTOP newsroom staff in January 2016.

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