May 18, 2024

The Italian American community mourns the passing of Diego D’Ambrosio, an iconic figure in our Nation’s Capital. His shop, Diego’s Hair Salon, established in the sixties and located in the Dupont Circle neighborhood, became a Washington institution. The signed photos of his clients — diplomats, bishops, supreme court justices, politicians, and more — hanging on the walls of his shop, represent a testament not only to his skills, but also to his wonderful, always cheerful personality. On April 23, 2010, then D.C. Mayor Adrian Fenty joined other local government officials in designating the 1900 block of Q Street, N.W., as Diego D’Ambrosio Way. The Italian government bestowed upon him the Order of the Star of Italian Solidarity, in recognition of his promotion of his Italian heritage.

Diego and his shop are featured in the Italian American Museum of Washington DC History of Italians and Italian Americans in Washington DC timeline. We send our heartfelt condolences to the D’Ambrosio family.