Chef Agnello Galano

Agnello Galano, 80, of Danbury, co-proprietor of the former Bella Italia Restaurant of Danbury and husband of Anna Maria (Pignaolsa) Galano passed away on Saturday morning, October 9, 2010 at his home.

Mr. Galano was born July 9, 1930, in Sorrento (NA) Italy, to Giulio and Lucia (Terminiello) Galano. He was one of thirteen children. 

He started his career as a Chef in Italy at a young age and worked in some of the most illustrious hotels and restaurants, such as the Hotel Excelsior in Naples and The Grand Hotel Quisisana in Capri. His passion for cooking took him beyond the Italian borders to Switzerland and to the United States; where in the 1960's, he eventually settled in New York City and then West New York, New Jersey with his family.

 In 1973, Chef Galano moved to Danbury and opened the Bella Italia Restaurant where he began to pursue his lifelong dream of owning his own business. He was a true epicurean and enjoyed introducing to his devoted clientele the pleasures of the classic traditions of Italian culinary arts.

He is survived by his devoted wife of 58 years, Anna Maria; two children, Julia and Lucio; four grandchildren, Marco, Joanna, Nello and Paolo and his great grand-daughter Giuliana.

  He also leaves behind his son-in-law, Antonio Perillo; grandson-in-law, Timothy Sullivan and son’s partner, Louis M. Valantasis, brother in law, Antonio Pignaoisa and his wife, Pauline.

The Divine Liturgy will be celebrated on Tuesday, October 12, 2010 at 10:30AM in St. Nicholas Byzantine Catholic Church, 13 Pembroke Rd., Danbury with the Rev. Michael G. Popson officiating.

There will be no calling hours.

In keeping with Chef Galano’s tradition of feeding people, and in lieu of flowers, donations can be made in honor and memory of Agnello Galano to:  God’s Love We Deliver, 166 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY  10013.

Jowdy-Kane Funeral Home, 9-11 Granville Ave., Danbury is in charge of arrangements.

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