March 1, 2021


For Everyone Else

Tomaso Maggiore, culinary legend, dies at 73

The Maggiore Team is deeply saddened to announce these days the passing of its founder and patriarch, Tomaso Maggiore. Tomaso has been a culinary hero in the Valley for more than four a long time, opening his first restaurant together with his wife Patricia, Tomaso’s Italian Restaurant, in September of 1977 on the Camelback Corridor. Tomaso has released more than 50 dining places in between Arizona and California, served above two million consumers, developed 27,000 work opportunities and stirred up a lot more than 49,000 pots of his well-known marinara, some thing he enjoyed personally earning each and every early morning until his last days.

Tomaso was born and lifted in Sicily, the southern area of Italy and is a legitimate illustration of the American dream with the culinary empire he produced. With his relentless difficult perform and the objective of bringing reliable Italian cuisine to Arizona, Tomaso acquired the hearts and palates of supporters all in excess of the region and country. A accurate titan, Chef Tomaso Maggiore has individually impacted and motivated the life of so numerous and created a good influence on the complete Arizona food scene. He always dealt with his friends like spouse and children and appreciated almost nothing additional than sharing his adore for good foodstuff with the community. Tomaso’s passion was cooking and creating long lasting recollections with extraordinary dining activities. He was a welcoming host who only cared about serving excellent delicacies as though his company ended up at his possess meal desk. He typically frequented vegetable farms regionally, throughout the state, and in Europe to source new elements for his entrees when also adopting the newest cooking procedures to include the legitimate essence of Italy in every single bite, making confident his visitors loved only the very best foods.

“Tomaso was not only my father, but my idol and his appreciate and enthusiasm for the restaurant market, cooking and Sicily will continue to stay on by our eating places,” claimed Joey Maggiore, executive chef of The Maggiore Team. “It is my target to honor his legacy and make him very pleased with incredible dining establishments and delectable food items. He is the best father, chef and close friend that I have ever recognised and I will really like and overlook him dearly, eternally.”

Nicely identified for his lively persona, sense of humor, selflessness and kind heart, he has led and conceptualized numerous Valley favorites together with his son which include, Hash Kitchen, The Sicilian Butcher and The Sicilian Baker. He also had an affinity for great wine and designed his own Southern Italy Red, Luxus Reserva, designed from grapes sourced from his winery in Sicily. He was extremely passionate about his hometown and regularly led excursions overseas to share the expertise with other individuals. An everlasting optimist, he often looked at the bright side and never ever missing hope which led him to sustain his restaurant empire for in excess of 40 years even as a result of hurdles and recessions. Though he observed wonderful accomplishment in his career, he constantly remained humble and by no means lost the passion for personally primary his kitchens or rolling one particular of his well-known meatballs.

“My father was my hero and inspiration for all I do. My appreciate for food, vacation, persons and the joy a terrific food can deliver to your daily life is derived from the case in point my father set for me,” stated Melissa Maggiore, who is also fondly known as the woman version of Tomaso. “I will be certain to stay the rest of my everyday living honoring his memory, continuing his legacy and building him happy. His absence in my daily life will be eternally profound”

Melissa will shortly be opening a concept properly named, The Italian Daughter, on Pinnacle Peak and Scottsdale Highway and will shell out homage to the memory of her father.

Tomaso has received plenty of awards above the yrs such as “Best Italian Restaurant” in the Valley for many decades, Arizona Restaurant Association’s “Food Pioneer Award,” dozens of best chef awards and a lot more. He has been featured in news retailers throughout the nation and is very regarded for his authentic technique to real Sicilian delicacies. The Maggiore relatives, spearheaded by his kids Joey and Melissa,  will proceed to operate Tomaso’s iconic Italian institution and honor his legacy.

Tomaso is survived by his spouse Patricia, son Joey Maggiore and his wife Cristina, daughter Melissa Maggiore Meyer and her partner Kevin, and 5 grandchildren – Marcella, Guiliana, Tomaso, Melina and Francesco. His loved ones was his biggest joy in existence and currently being equipped to operate his empire with these he liked all-around him was a dream come real.

The household will launch The Tomaso Maggiore Culinary Training Scholarship in his honor and kindly requests that any financial donations be held for this goal. More particulars will be offered above the coming months. The household would also like to ship a particular thanks to Susan and Bill Levine with Hospice of the Valley for the incredible Celestial Care provided to Tomaso during his remaining days.

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