Carytown cafe shuts down; new coffee shop planned

10 Italian Cafe closed in December at 3200 W. Cary St. (Mike Platania)

The owner of two local cafes has closed his city location after four years in business.

Claudio Ragazzi last month closed 10 Italian Cafe at 3200 W. Cary St.

Ragazzi said he didn’t have time to juggle both 10 and Caffespresso, his other café, which remains open at 1127 Gaskins Road in the West End of Henrico.

Claudio Ragazzi

10 Italian Café, named for his preferred soccer jersey number, opened in 2014 in the former Carytown Bistro & Coffee House space. The café served focaccia paninis, tiramisu and espresso drinks.

The Carytown space likely won’t stay dormant for long. Ragazzi said he sold its lease to Andreas Waltenburg, who is planning to convert it to Fuel Pump RVA, a coffee shop concept.

Reached by phone this week, Waltenburg said he’s not ready to disclose further details about Fuel Pump.

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Michael Dodson

Sad as the food at 10 was incredible and the staff extremely nice.

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Elaine Wood

Extremely disappointed to see this business leave Carytown. I’m glad Ragazzi’s other coffee shop is still around, but 10 was a very nice touch for this area, and will be much missed.