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Restauranteur Grace ‘Mama’ Marino dies

Grace “Mama” Marino, the woman behind Gino’s Restaurant, has died, according to a Facebook post from the restaurant.

We are deeply saddened by the loss of Grace "Mama" Marino. Mama was loved by all and a pillar within the Baton Rouge…

Posted by Gino's Restaurant on Friday, June 23, 2017

Marino was a large influence in the restaurant. She cooked with and supervised the use of imported cheeses, anchovies, olive oils, tomato products, pasta and herbs at Gino’s, according to the restaurant’s Facebook page.

Marino was recognized for her achievements by the Baton Rouge Epicurean Society, who named her the first recipient of the group’s Lifetime Achievement Award. The award was later named in honor of her.

Photo via Facebook.

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