A cream colored ceramic bowl. The writing on the bottom from the makers of the bowl says "Made in China," and in a circle around that there is writing in a red marker that says "Ramova Grill 'Chili bowl' For Their Most Noted Speciality." There are blue and grey marks on one side of the bowl along the outside and a little inside the bowl. There is a small lip on the bowl. The bowl was used for the famous chili from the Ramova Grill.
The Ramova Grill opened in Chicago in 1929 and after 82 years it shut down in 2012. Tony Dinos was from Greece and moved to the United States in 1960 where he started working at the Ramova Grill, his first and only job he has ever had in the United States. He started out as a dishwasher but once he learned English better his uncle, Pete Gertos, promoted him to cook and four years after that he bought in and owned part of the place. In 1965, while working at the grill, Dinos met Liberty Sfondels, whom he would marry just two month later and are still married to this day. The Ramova Grill was known for their pancakes and chili. Dinos got the chili recipe from the original owners and will not give the recipe to anyone, not even his son-in-law who owns a diner in Indiana. Dinos and his partner Bob Gertos have decided to close the grill after working there for 52 years to spend more time with family and travel.
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Bowl, Ramova Grill Collection, National Hellenic Museum, https://collections.nationalhellenicmuseum.org/Detail/objects/8837. Accessed 09/19/21.