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Jul 7, 2010 12:24 PMPublication: The Southampton Press

Celestino Gambino, founder of La Parmigiana, dies at 73

Jul 7, 2010 12:24 PM

“The foundation he laid will continue,” she said.

Mr. Gambino is survived by his wife, Josephine, of Southampton; four siblings, John Gambino of Westhampton, Peter Gambino of Sicily, Lina Venesina of Tuckahoe and Sara Burriesci of Springs; and seven children, Giovanna Manglaviti of Shinnecock Hills, Patrizia Tagliavia of East Quogue, Anna Maria Gambino of East Quogue, Maria LiGregni of Hampton Bays, Rosalia Porco of Water Mill, Rodolfo Gambino of Water Mill and Francesco Gambino of Hampton Bays.

He is also survived by 19 grandchildren, Celestino and Hanifa Stewart of East Quogue, Sabrina, Thomas, Nicholas and Alessandro Manglaviti of Shinnecock Hills, Paula and Elizabeth LiGregni of Hampton Bays, Christopher, Michael, Daniella and Steve Tagliavia of East Quogue, Nicole, Celestino, Faith and Matthew Gambino of Water Mill, and Alessandra, Robert and Anthony Porco of Water Mill; and three great-grandchildren: Dominic, Natalie and Amanda Porco of East Quogue.

Visitation was held on Monday, July 5, and Tuesday, July 6, at O’Connell Funeral Home on Little Plains Road in Southampton. A funeral mass was celebrated on Wednesday, July 7, at Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary Roman Catholic Church on Hill Street in Southampton, followed by interment at the church’s cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations to the Gabriella Ashley Gambino Scholarship Fund, 35 Winding Way, Water Mill, NY 11976, would be appreciated by the family.

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Best Italian food on the East End!
By Mr Suffolk (113), Twin Forks on Jul 2, 10 10:38 AM
...and better people!!!
By oooohhhhhh (6), hampton bays on Jul 2, 10 12:22 PM
A truly wonderful man. His kindness has showered this community in so many ways. May he rest in peace, Amen
By powerwalker (52), Southampton on Jul 2, 10 11:38 AM
Wonderful man with a wonderful family. Mr. Gambino will be greatly missed.
By Maxa Luppi (7), Southampton on Jul 2, 10 12:28 PM
A true gentleman who will be missed.

Rest in Peace.
By PBR (4945), Southampton on Jul 2, 10 1:07 PM
an amazing restaurant...amazing family...rest in peace ....prayers to the Gambino family
By blondie75 (3), hamptons on Jul 2, 10 2:40 PM
Condolences to the family. He will be missed. Great memories from years ago of the place and the people.
By Sag Native (54), East Hampton on Jul 2, 10 3:05 PM
My love and condolences to the family, Pop will be greatly missed.
By WoWHero (4), Southampton on Jul 2, 10 3:40 PM
my heart goes out to friends and family right now, may he rest in piece
By ICARE (23), SOUTHAMPTON on Jul 2, 10 4:37 PM
I think you have the visiting hours wrong. I was advised that they are Monday and Tuesday 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 each day and the funeral is Wednesday at 10. It was always so nice to be greeted by Mr Gambino when ordering or picking up their wonderful Italian food. I'm sure the family will continue the tradition of good, caring service.
By hamptonsnrcit (47), sag harbor on Jul 2, 10 5:33 PM
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By hamptonsnrcit (47), sag harbor on Jul 2, 10 5:34 PM
The funeral home confirms the visitation hours in the post above by hamptonsnrcit.
By PBR (4945), Southampton on Jul 4, 10 9:10 AM
hamptonsnrcrit,

Your visiting hours are the same as the article I believe, although your post makes it a bit clearer that the same afternoon and evening hours apply both to Monday and Tuesday.

See you there.
Jul 2, 10 5:40 PM appended by PBR
Correction, hamptonsnrcrit's posted visiting hours are indeed different from the article. Editor please advise.
By PBR (4945), Southampton on Jul 2, 10 5:40 PM
What a nice man what a great family he made
By bpcooke (12), Southampton on Jul 2, 10 8:55 PM
The other day, I had this craving out of the blue for a LaParm slice.

That is a bonafide fact.

Requiescat in pace, mi amice...
Jul 2, 10 10:29 PM appended by Mr. Z
And it was Thursday, as I was off on Wednesday...
By Mr. Z (11540), North Sea on Jul 2, 10 10:29 PM
May you rest in peace my friend, you will surely be missed.
By blbandit (21), Southampton on Jul 3, 10 8:05 AM
A good and calm man and we will all remember him well.
By V.Tomanoku (782), southampton on Jul 3, 10 9:06 AM
It won't be the same without Mr. Gambino overseeing things with his white apron and ever present pipe!! What a sweetheart! He raised a wonderful family. He will be greatly missed. God Bless.
By teeteeme (11), Water Mill on Jul 3, 10 1:07 PM
condolences
By setyoufree (69), Sag Harbor on Jul 3, 10 4:09 PM
Rest in Peace. We send our sincerest condolences. How wonderful, you will see your beautiful grand daughter once again.
By bayview (158), Southampton on Jul 3, 10 6:31 PM
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One of the finest men I've ever met....and an equally incredible family he created. We will all miss you, Zio.
By briantymann (31), westhampton beach on Jul 5, 10 11:33 AM
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Southampton lost one of it's good and generous neighbors. His beautiful family will carry on for him.
By Mets fan (1477), Southampton on Jul 5, 10 6:46 PM
To the whole extended family at La Parmigiana, I share deeply in your sadness over the loss of Mr. G.

His exquisitely kind, quiet and strong presence permeated everything at La Parmigiana.... from every sip of velvety espresso he made for me to the love he demonstrated toward his employees and the community, Mr. G's caring nature was felt everywhere.

I can still see him clearly... his elegant stance and graceful cashmere sweaters, his calm demeanor amid crowded chaos, his sincere ...more
By Michelle Morris (1), Telluride on Jul 8, 10 4:37 AM
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Rest in peace Poppa LaParm....you will be missed. Know that you have raised a wonderful family w/your wife and they will continue on with the tradition.
By NYLIGIRL (2), southampton on Jul 8, 10 7:17 PM
Although we now live in Maine we lived in Southampton for over 35 years, my husband and I have fond memories of the best pizza we have ever had. La Parm was the place for good Italian food. The Gambino family has our sincere sympathy for their loss. He was a truly good man.
By Mainefriends (14), Bethel Maine on Jul 8, 10 10:06 PM
Who knew angles could cook so well. The Penne Ala Norcina has to be divinely inspired. Mr. G was the essence of calm and caring when you were in his presence be it at church or in La Parm, he was always the same. He made everyone feel like family. I wonder if he ever realized how famous La Parm had become. You can traval near and far and mention the name "La Parm" and people's mouth starts to water as they launch into the description of their favorite meals in great detail. As long as there ...more
By SLCSouth (9), Southampton on Jul 9, 10 1:00 PM
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