A massive fire destroyed three homes in Oregon Hill yesterday, though, thank Christ, the blaze spared and didn’t come anywhere close to the neighborhood’s popular, delicious, spine-tingling, breathtaking and simply uncanny Italian restaurant Mamma Zu, the fire department said.
“Thankfully, while some folks have been displaced, everyone walked away from this fire without injury, including the man I consider probably the best chef in the city and maybe even the whole damn world, Ed Vasaio,” said fire lieutenant Barry Forshey. “Luckily, we hear he has been in California visiting family for two weeks.”
“So he pretty much narrowly escaped,” Forshey said, handing off his oxygen tank to finish off the last of his squid and white beans, one of the restaurant’s most popular antipastos.
Fire crews brought the two-alarm fire on Albemarle Street under control at 4:53 p.m. yesterday, but were still forced to make sure their entire party of 14 was present at the restaurant later in the evening before being seated.