Renato Foschini has opened an Italian restaurant in Lyndhurst
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A lesson in dichotomy, Renato Foschini tried to blend in but nevertheless stood out.
He was a quiet leader, a small powerhouse and an active patient, said his wife, Maria Foschini.
“They didn’t get better than him,” she said. “He was a hard worker, kind, generous, generous. He had the patience of a saint.”
Born in November 1969 in Paterson, Foschini lived his life in nearby Hawthorne.
He met Maria in elementary school. The two became close in high school and started dating. She was 15 years old. He was 16 years old.
“At a party he would sit down,” she said. “He wanted to blend in, but he was funny as hell. He was spiritual out of nowhere.”
The son of Italian immigrants, Foschini had an innate passion for delicious food. He attended the New York Restaurant School and entered the fast-paced business. While still young and childless, Foschini wanted to live his dream. So Maria sold her hair salon and helped her open Foschini’s brick oven kitchen on Ridge Road in Lyndhurst with her brother, Anthony. Half traditional Italian restaurant and half pizzeria, it still operates under the same name – although Foschini sold his stake after five years.
Family life, for the home gardener and weekend entrepreneur, would come first.
To devote more time to his two children, Foschini shifted his culinary career to managing accounts at food service conglomerate Aramark Corporation.
He took advantage of the time freed up for his career to forge close ties with Nicolas and Gianna, now aged 21 and 17.
“They both said he was their best friend,” his wife said.
Foschini participated in fundraising in schools. He has also coached youth sports including football, baseball, and soccer. His children’s classmates knew him as “Mr. Fo ”.
“Mr. Fo was the one who was reserved and silent, where the other coaches were yelling obscenities,” Maria said. “The only thing he didn’t train was ice hockey.”
Outside of sports, Foschini would watch the “SpongeBob SquarePants episodes with Gianna -” even when they were both too old for that, “Maria said. He also took Nicolas to the shooting range to help his son train. to his dream of becoming a police officer.
Although he left commercial kitchens to spend more time with his family, he retained his skills. His apple crisp was in constant demand from his friends and family.
“Apple Crisp, it sounds so simple, but it wasn’t,” said Maria.
Foschini died on February 6, 2021. He was 51 years old.