Thursday, March 26, 2009

Ciro Marino of Marino Ristorante dies at 76

Ciro "Mario" Marino, owner of Marino and one of the godfathers of Los Angeles Italian restaurants, died Wednesday of lung cancer. Here's the Daily Dish's writeup, with video of his famous ricotta cheesecake. I'm so glad he was able to make it to the first meeting of the Southern California Restaurant Historical Society back in 2006 to tell us about the old days hanging with Sinatra at the Villa Capri. Condolences also to sons Sal, owner of Il Grano; Mario, who continues to run Marino; daughter Rosanna and son-in-law Stefano Ongaro of All'Angelo, who are all continuing the Italian restaurant tradition in L.A.

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