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Felice Bastianich - Restaurateur Joe Bastianich's Father

sajju Published On Sun Jun 27 2021   Modified On Sun Jun 27 2021
Felice Bastianich - Restaurateur Joe Bastianich's Father

Felice "Felix" Bastianich (30th November 1940 - 12th December 2010) is a late Croatian-American restauranteur who came into the limelight as the ex-spouse of an Italian-American celebrity chef, TV host, author, and restauranteur, Linda Bastianich.

In addition, he along with his ex-wife owned two restaurants in Queens, 'Buonavia' and 'Villa Secondo'. Scroll down to know more about his life and death.

Married Life with ex-wife, Lidia Bastianich:

Felice Bastianich's Ex-wife, Lidia Bastianich Source: Featured Biography

Felice Bastianich's  wife, Lidia Giuliana Matticchio Bastianich (21st February 1947) is an Italian-American celebrity chef, TV host, author, and restauranteur. They first met his at her sweet 16 birthday party and soon began to date each other. After dating for three years, Felice and Lidia walked down the aisle in 1966. They are blessed with two children, a son named Joe and a daughter named Tanya.

Bastianich's Children:

His first child, Joseph "Joe" Bastianich was born on 17th September 1968 in Queens, New York, USA. He is an American restauranteur, winemaker, vineyard owner, author, showman, TV personality, and musician. 

Joseph attended Fordham Preparatory School and then Boston College where he studied theology and philosophy. He is married to his wife Deanna and lives in New York with their children: Olivia, Ethan, and Miles. 

Felice Bastianich's kids:Tanya Bastianich Manuali and Joseph "Joe" Bastianich Source: Alchetron

Their second child, Dr. Tanya Bastianich Manuali was born in 1972 in Queens, New York, USA. She is an American businesswoman and author. 

She received a B.A. in art history from Georgetown. Tanya also joined the Italian Renaissance and graduated with a master's degree from Syracuse University and a doctorate from Oxford University in 2000. She is married to her husband Corrado Manuali with whom she looks after the production and expansion of the LIDIA's food line.

Lidia and Felice separated after 30 years:

The former couple Felice Bastianich and Lidia Giuliana enjoyed their matrimonial life for a long period of 30 years along with their children. But their relationship didn't last long as they decided to separate their ways and divorced in 1997. 

Cause of his Death:

Mr. Bastianich passed away on 12th December 2010 at the age of 70. However, the cause of his death is still not disclosed by their family members. In other words, the reason behind his death is yet to be known.

Career & Net Worth:

Felice opened their first restaurant called Buonavia in 1971 in Forest Hills, Queens. Following the success of their first restaurant, they opened their second restaurant, Villa Secondo in Queens. Sadly, they sold their restaurants after Lidia's father's death. 

Speaking of his net worth, Felice Bastianich had a net worth of $1 million whereas his ex-wife has a handsome net worth of $16 million.

Some facts about Mr. Bastianich:

Bastianich was born on 30th November 1940 in Istarska, Croatia. He grew up with his two siblings named Yolanda Valic and Guerino Bastianich. 

Similarly, he had dual citizenship of Croatian and American and belongs to a mixed ethnical group. There is no information about his educational background, however, his wife, Lidia completed her education at Hunter College.

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