UK celebrity chef Antonio Carluccio, best known for Antonio Carluccio’s Italian Feasts & Two Greedy Italians, has died aged 80.
His death was announced on his website, by the restaurant business, Carluccio’s, on Twitter and by his agent.
Carluccio, who was born and raised in Italy, had restaurants in Britain, Turkey and the United Arab Emirates bearing his name.
He was a prolific cookbook writer who helped popularise inexpensive Italian fare and helped launch the career of chef Jamie Oliver.
“Antonio built Carluccio’s from one restaurant to the fantastic brand it is today,” the restaurant company said in a statement.
“It isn’t just Antonio’s name above our doors, but his heart and soul lives and breathes throughout our restaurants.”
He received the Commendatore title from the Italian government in 1998.
Queen Elizabeth II made him an Officer of the Order of the British Empire in 2007.
Hi guys with great sadness I’ve heard that Antonio Carluccio passed away this morning. He was my first London Boss at the Neal Street restaurant 25 years ago which was an institution and Mecca of wild mushrooms where I had the pleasure of working for him. He was such a charismatic charming don of all things Italian!! 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 . The imagine here is from his great cook book that first got me hooked on Pasta which I found so very inspirational and drove me to work for him. I also had the pleasure of making and producing his TV show the “Two Greedy Italians “ with his life long best friend and partner in crime @gennarocontaldo who were hilarious together !! he was an amazing food ambassador that will be sorely missed. My love goes out to his partner Sabina his family and his dear and close friends on this very sad day. Viva Antonio Carluccio @cookcarluccio Cook a feast up there mate 🙏xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx