Caesar Cardini

180px-Caesar_Cardini_(Cesare_Cardini)_1896-1956Cesare Cardini (February 241896 – November 31956) was an Italian Mexican restaurateurchef, and hotel owner, who is credited with creating theCaesar salad.[1]

He was born in the region of Lago Maggiore and had at least four siblings: Alessandro, Carlotta, Caudencio and Maria. While the sisters stayed in Italy, the three brothers emigrated to America; Alessandro and Caudencio eventually were in the restaurant business in Mexico City. Alessandro, who was called Alex in the USA, is reported to have been Caesar’s partner in TijuanaMexico.

After having worked in European gastronomy, Caesar went to the United States in his early 20s. He ran a restaurant in Sacramento, then he moved toSan Diego where he was in the restaurant business.[2] At the same time he engaged in the same business in Tijuana, Mexico, where he could avoid the restrictions of prohibition. He married Camille, and had a daughter, Rosa Maria Cardini (1928-2003).[3]

Cardini is credited with having created “Caesar’s salad”[4] which became fashionable among Hollywood and other celebrities, especially after he had moved his restaurant a few blocks to the hotel built c. 1929 (nowadays called Hotel Caesar’s).

The family moved to Los Angeles in 1935and Cardini focused on the production and marketing of his salad dressing which he trademarked in 1948. He died in Good Samaritan Hospital on November 31956 in Los Angeles following a stroke at his home at 8738 Bonner Drive and was buried inInglewood Park Cemetery. His daughter took control of Caesar Cardini Foods Inc. Later, the label Cardini’s was sold to a third party. It is still popular and offers more than a dozen varieties of the original recipe.

 

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