This photo from 2000 shows current Savute's owner, Pete Savute, left, working alongside his father, John, who died in a plane crash the following year.On Friday, I published a story about the sudden surge of Italian restaurants in Wichita, and toward the end, I listed some of Wichita’s longtime Italian eateries.
But several readers have pointed out that I failed to mention Wichita’s oldest Italian restaurant. (Possibly its oldest restaurant, period.)
Savute’s at 3303 N. Broadway has operated in Wichita for 67 years. Current owner Pete Savute’s grandparents, immigrants from Italy, opened it in the early 1940s.
Many people still love Savute’s — its steaks, spaghetti and meatballs, and the adjoining Stick N’ Rudder Club, which features salvaged airplane seats as chairs.
I certainly did not mean to overlook such an institution. Read the story I wrote about Savute’s and its storied history when it turned 65 in 2009.