The historically significant shrine of Sveti Tschoveli in Mtskheta is situated at the confluence of the Aragvi
and Mtkvari Rivers, about 20 minutes northwest of Tbilisi.
In a Soviet-era joke, two Georgians walk out of the Aragvi, the Soviet Union's most famous Georgian restaurant, located in the very center of Moscow.
The Aragvi was both a place for the new Soviet elite to engage in ideologically sanctioned conspicuous consumption and an ideal location for private meetings.
Moreover, when it opened, there were only a handful of restaurants operating in the capital, and the Aragvi was one of the few places members of the arriviste elite could enjoy the fruits of their labor for the Party while articulating their new social position through the cultivation of appropriately sophisticated tastes.
40) Moreover, Moscow's demand for Georgian food was eagerly met by Georgian culinary experts who soon took up work at the Aragvi.
The Aragvi led the way in the rapid development of the Soviet Union's multiethnic restaurant culture after World War II.
The Aragvi accordingly survived the death of Stalin and the wave of de-Stalinization that followed, though not without major changes in its management.