The daughter of the famous “Mama Celeste” Lizio of pizza fame—but never overshadowed by her mom—Clara Lizio Melchiorre brought sophistication, personalization, and incredible flavor to every dish she touched. In the 1980s she opened her namesake restaurant, which has become a Chicago-area legend. For many years, the restaurant was her home away from home. Her customers were her family.
Just as this book was being published, the author passed away peacefully at the age of eighty-two. It was her lifelong goal to publish her recipes and techniques. She dreamed of passing on her love of cooking to as many people as she could.
Born and bred in Chicago, chef, author, mom, wife, and all-around amazing person Clara Lizio Melchiorre brought love to everything she did.
Clara’s award-winning cooking isn’t her only accomplishment. Her four children, Michelle, Anthony, Rudy, and Mark, were always at the center of her heart; her husband Rudy Sr., the love of her life.
Clara spent her life loving her family, her community, and the world.