Giorgio Baldi, the docile unassuming chef and owner of Il Ristorante di Giorgio Baldi in Santa Monica, has passed away. Two years ago Eater heard that the chef had been sick with what we believe was cancer, nonetheless he could still be found carrying out orders in the kitchen, only to retire to a table late in the evening. Il Ristorante di Giorgio Baldi opened in 1995 and Giorgio's pricey high quality Italian fare quickly attracted throngs of celebrity devotees. Then, a few year back Giorgio's son Edoardo opened another similar Italian eatery, E. Baldi, on Canon in Beverly Hills.
The Hollywood Reporter claims that Baldi was on vacation in Ensenada when he passed away and that he was believed to be in his 60s.
We highly doubt he was in his 60s, more like 70s or 80s. Regardless, a sure loss for Los Angeles.
·Legendary L.A. Restaurateur Giorgio Baldi Dies [THR]
·R.I.P. Georgio Baldi [Toddrickallen]
[Photo: Baldi with daughter Elena.]