Antonio Carluccio, the ‘Godfather of Italian Cooking’ Dies at 80

The beloved Italian chef wrote 22 cookbooks, appeared in TV shows and owned restaurants in 3 countries.

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Celebrity chef and restaurateur Antonio Carluccio has died at the age of 80, his agent has said.

He was known for the Italian restaurant chain that carries his surname and for appearing on TV programmes, including the BBC hit Two Greedy Italians, alongside chef Gennaro Contaldo.

He wrote more than a dozen best-selling books and in 2012 launched his memoirs.

The restaurant chain has called him the “Godfather of Italian cooking” and said he will be “greatly missed”.

“It isn’t just Antonio’s name above our doors, but his heart and soul lives and breathes throughout our restaurants,” a statement from the Carluccio’s restaurant chain said.

‘A charming don’

Jamie Oliver paid tribute to his “first London boss”, working with the Italian at Carluccio’s Neal Street Restaurant in Covent Garden 25 years ago.

“He was such a charismatic charming don of all things Italian,” Oliver wrote on Instagram.

“Always hanging out the front door of the restaurant with a big fat cigar, a glass of something splendid and his amazing fuzzy white hair.

“Viva Antonio Carluccio… Cook a feast up there mate,” he added. Continue reading at 

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