The original Acqua Al 2 came to life in Florence in 1978. Over the past 33 years, the restaurant has become an intimately loved dining establishment by world travelers, local Florentines, and international celebrities. On September 6, 2000, Martin Gonzalez opened the doors to the first international Acqua Al 2 in San Diego , California. In 2010, childhood friends Ralph Lee and Ari Gejdenson brought the internationally-loved Florentine concept to Washington, DC. Acqua Al 2, in Washington, DC uses exactly the same menu as the original restaurant, and brings to the city the same true Italian dining experience as one would encounter on the Piazza della Signoria.