Valley chef Tomaso Maggiore dies at 73 after battle with lung cancer

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Valley chef Tomaso Maggiore dies at 73 after battle with lung cancer


Local chef and restaurateur Tomaso Maggiore has died at 73 years old following a two-year battle with brain and lung cancer, according to a statement released Saturday.

Maggiore, who was born and raised in Sicily, Italy, launched more than 50 restaurants in Arizona and California since opening his first restaurant in 1977 with his wife Patricia Maggiore in the Camelback Corridor, Maggiore’s PR agency, The Knight Agency, said in the statement.

The Knight Agency said Maggiore battled glioblastoma brain cancer and small cell lung cancer for a little over two years and received treatment at MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston.

His goal was to bring authentic Italian food to Arizona and was known for his “vibrant personality, sense of humor, selflessness and kind heart,” the statement said. He also launched several restaurants with his son, Joey Maggiore, including Hash Kitchen, The Sicilian Butcher and The Sicilian Baker.

“Tomaso was not only my father, but my idol and his love and passion for the restaurant industry, cooking and Sicily will continue to live on through our restaurants,” said Joey Maggiore, executive chef of The Maggiore Group, in the statement.

Tomaso Maggiore, a celebrated chef and restaurateur, opened his first restaurant in Phoenix in 1977 and went on to open more than 50 restaurants in Arizona and California. Maggiore died at 73 years old after a battle with lung cancer.





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