Autogrill opens its first US Puro Gusto location in DC

Italian restaurant giant Autogrill opens the first US location of its all-day Puro Gusto café in downtown DC

Autogrill, which has Puro Gusto locations in 10 countries, brings its first US location to downtown DC (Courtesy Autogrill)

Italian restaurant giant Autogrill opens the first US location of its all-day Puro Gusto café in downtown DC

The company gave no fixed opening date, other than to say it will open later this year. Puro Gusto will be at 1345 F St. NW and take over the place formerly the French cafe Maison Kayser, which closed in 2019.

Puro Gusto has locations in 10 countries. The first opened in Milan in 2006 as a small coffee shop and now has 30 locations from Europe to Asia.

Autogrill says the cafes celebrate the habits and rituals of the Italian people.



Puro Gusto, Italian for “pure taste”, will serve authentic Italian coffee, food and Aperitivo. The menu will range from breakfast to lunch and cocktail hour.

Autogrill declined to offer menu information or prices for the DC location or the restaurant’s customer capacity.

Puro Gusto has partnerships with top Italian brands, including LavAzza Coffee, Campari / Aperol and San Pellegrino.

Autogrill operates in 30 countries with around 950 locations under different brands, many of its locations at airports, train stations and motorway sites.

In 1999, Autogrill acquired North Bethesda, Maryland-based food service company Host Marriott Services, which became HMS Host.

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