Several customers are enjoying their meals and drinks on a pleasant day outside the Gran Bar in WWII Italy. Comprised of mostly men, the customers are sitting happily while chatting with each other. The men are mostly dressed in fine tailored suits and slacks with collared short-sleeve polo shirts. The tables are almost completely occupied, and so some men patiently stand towards the entrance as they wait for their turn to be seated. Additionally, the hammer and sickle logo representing the Italian Communist Party (Partito Comunista Italiano) has also been crudely drawn on the right side of the restaurant, representing the party's overbearing influence during the war.
It is difficult to have a discussion about Italy without mentioning the country's food. Italy is known for its wide variety of pasta dishes, pizza, cheese, and even coffee. No wonder bars such as this one are able to gather so many patrons- the entire restaurant is almost completely full. The restaurant must offer not only amazing food, but also quality service.
Taken by George Sakata. George was a member of the infamous 100th Division 442nd Nisei Regimental Combat Team in WWII. This was the only Japanese American unit in WWII and was nicknamed the "Go For Broke" unit. The 442nd had a casualty rate of 93% and was awarded 21 Medal of Honors. George Sakata is featured throughout our website. For more information on the 442nd RCB unit.