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Luigi "Gino" Croce
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  • Pittsburgh Food Bank

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“I cannot tell you what an impact you have made upon my life. I walked into the Park Schenley at the age of 16 in seRch of a career as a Chef, you...Read More »
1 of 23 | Posted by: Kenneth Piposar - Phoenix, AZ

“Condolences to the Croce family. ”
2 of 23 | Posted by: Nic Cecchino - Pittsburgh, PA

“Our sympathy goes outand to Gino's wonderful family. Gino was always an inspiration to me for his passion of great food and hard work. Our family had...Read More »
3 of 23 | Posted by: Donald Bernabo - Sewickly, PA

“We were very saddened to hear of Gino's passing. Our deepest and heartfelt condolences to you all .Our thoughts and prayers are with you. May he...Read More »
4 of 23 | Posted by: Florence , Joe Barrile & Family - ON

“Roberto,My thoughts and prayers to you and your family! Your dad was a fantastic human being! God bless! ”
5 of 23 | Posted by: Heinz Pak - Canton, OH

“I don't know your family or Gino but was so touched by your obituary I felt the need to extend my sympathies to your family. May he rest in peace. ”
6 of 23 | Posted by: Diane Novosel - Leechburg, PA

“My deepest and heartfelt condolences to the Croce family. He was a beautiful man inside and outside. A caring family man with good morals. A good ...Read More »
7 of 23 | Posted by: Maria-Delia B. Croce - Miami

“Thinking of you all and sending you my love and prayers during this difficult time. Over the years I so enjoyed hearing the wonderful stories of your...Read More »
8 of 23 | Posted by: Ashlee Beckett - Pittsburgh, PA

“One of the the greatest gentlemen and chefs I ever had the honor to work with ”
9 of 23 | Posted by: Tony Rome - Pittsburgh, PA

“What a sad day. We have lost a man who was an absolute magician with food. I apprenticed under Gino and after school returned as his Sous Chef at the...Read More »
10 of 23 | Posted by: Richard Spine - mentor, OH

“Heart goes out all the family great chef and better man full of fun and love ”
11 of 23 | Posted by: John King - Pittsburgh, PA

“We are saddened at the loss of such a fantastic man - we are all better for knowing Gino. John always loved his time with Gino, especially making...Read More »
12 of 23 | Posted by: John and Beth Davis - Friend

“A great man with great passion. Gino will be missed. We will share news on his passing in Bellosguardo as many loved him so.We are very sorry to...Read More »
13 of 23 | Posted by: John, Beth, Rocco, Reanna and Giada Davis - PA

“So sorry for your loss. I still remember Cousin Gino preparing tripe for me and my family as a child and as an adult, always enjoyed the Gino Vino...Read More »
14 of 23 | Posted by: David Nernberg - Pittsburgh, PA

“Dorothea and family,So sorry to hear of Gino's passing. So glad I got to know you both at the pool, to find he and my cousin Frank were chefs...Read More »
15 of 23 | Posted by: Theresa Sgro - Carnegie, PA

“We never met Gino, but we certainly heard about him......and we love him for the Croces' we were given........ ”
16 of 23 | Posted by: Tom and Beverly S.B.Y.C. - FL

“Gino was, is, and will always be my Chef. Everything that I am today as a cook, chef and man is a result of the time that I was lucky enough to...Read More »
17 of 23 | Posted by: David McKinney - Lilburn, GA

“Harry and I spent a memorable time with Gino in Frankfurt at the Culinary Olympics in 1988. Although we were much younger, he treated us as equals,...Read More »
18 of 23 | Posted by: A friend

“My deepest sympathies to Roberto & Benedetto and families. I'm so sorry for your loss however; your father did raise a fine family and was a...Read More »
19 of 23 | Posted by: Kevin Hambelton - Pittsburgh, PA

“My deepest sympathies your friend. You will be missed. Rest in Peace ”
20 of 23 | Posted by: David Gatta - Pensacola, FL

“He was a staunch supporter of the Chaine des Rotisseurs here in Pittsburgh. A true gentleman to the end. He'll be sorely missed. Godspeed to you...Read More »
21 of 23 | Posted by: Jill Kummer - Pittsburgh, PA

“I don't think I have ever read a more beautiful or perfectly scripted memorial. I will miss his beautiful smile the most. Like his angelic mother...Read More »
22 of 23 | Posted by: Gina Samosky - Bridgeville, PA

“One of the most delightful, talented, loving and dedicated men I have ever had the pleasure of knowing. He spread his love through food, wine,...Read More »
23 of 23 | Posted by: Hollu Palmieri - Pittsburgh, PA

Luigi "Gino" Croce

Of Scott Township, passed away on Saturday April 15th, 2017 in his home surrounded by family after a long and hard-fought battle with cancer. His loss has left our hearts and our tummies empty. Born 84 years ago in Bellosguardo, Italy, he came to this country by boat 51 years ago and boy, were we lucky he did. He is survived by a devoted loving wife of 54 years, Dorothea (Allenspach), and his three sons Michelangelo (Jhobanna), Benedetto (Theresa), and Roberto (Beth); a brother he loved very much Serafino "Jerry" (Judi) and extended family in the U.S., Switzerland, and Italy. He was a beautiful and loving Nonno to his grandchildren Elisabetta, Luigino, Giuseppe, Leila, and Guiliano who will miss him dearly. A handsome man on the outside who was beautiful on the inside, his sense of humor and big heart always ensured that everyone around him was happy. His love for family, food, and wine was apparent in everything he did. His passion for food and strong work ethic were instilled at an early age while working on his parents, Rosa and Michele's (preceded in death), land. Hard work and homegrown was a way of life, a philosophy he embraced. A renowned chef, more often known as "Chef Gino", he began his culinary work at various hotels and restaurants in Switzerland and upon his arrival to the U.S. he delighted and satisfied clients serving as executive chef at The Park Schenley, St. Clair Country Club, Franco's in Fox Chapel and Lucca in Oakland. He also worked tirelessly to open his own restaurants, serving as executive chef and owner of Gino's in Scott Center and the award-winning Bocconcino in Sharpsburg which he opened with his son, Benedetto. He was a proud member of The American Culinary Federation, Chefs and Cooks Association of Pittsburgh, The American Academy of Chefs, Chaîne des Rôtisseurs. He prepared sixteen gourmet dinners for the "Press Old Newsboy Charity" and was honored to cook for Ronald Reagan's Inaugural celebration in Washington D.C. His strong hands kept a meticulous garden where he grew all of the ingredients for his pasta sauces, pressed bunches and bunches of grapes for his irreplicable and highly coveted "Gino Vino", and were always being lent to family and friends when needed. Of all of the things he did with his hands, we will miss his hugs the most. Ciao Nonno, we love you.