By Cathy Elelman • 02 September 2020 • 10:55
SUCCESSFUL RESTAURATEUR: Ilario Rigolin owned a hugely popular Mojacar Playa pizzeria and was an important figure in the local community
CREDIT: Ilario Imperial Facebook
MOJACAR is mourning the tragic loss of well-known Italian businessman and owner of the Pizzeria Ilario Imperial, Ilario Rigolin.
The 70-year old restaurateur passed away on Tuesday at the La Inmaculada hospital in Huercal-Overa. He had reportedly been in intensive care for several weeks after contracting Covid-19.
Originally from the Venice area, Ilario moved to the Costa Almeria some two decades ago. He opened his first restaurant, La Pineta, in Garrucha, before launching the hugely popular Pizzeria Imperial in Mojacar Playa.
Mojacar Mayor Rosa Maria Cano told Spanish press that Ilario had been an important figure in the local community.
“Many of us were lucky to have known him and to have enjoyed his friendship and his enormous vitality, his entrepreneurial ability”; the Mayor commented.
“We also knew first-hand his interest and collaboration in everything he considered beneficial for Mojacar, for his town.”
Cano expressed “our most sincere condolences to his family and friends in my name and that of the corporation over which I preside.”
Ilario will she said remain in people’s memories for being “a great person, friendly, smiling and hard-working, who knew how to gain an irreplaceable place in our hearts,
“May he rest in peace.”
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Cathy Elelman is the local writer for the Costa de Almeria edition of the Euro Weekly News.
Based in Mojacar for the last 21 years, Cathy is very much part of the local community and is always well and truly up on all the latest news and events going on in this region of Spain.
Her top goals are to do the best job she can informing the local English-speaking community, visitors to the area and the wider world about about the news in Almeria, to learn something new every day, and to embrace very new challenge this fast-changing world brings her way.
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