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Lorenzo Vivolo


1943 - 2018 Obituary Condolences
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Lorenzo Vivolo

Phoenix - Lorenzo Vivolo was born in Accadia, Italy on April 26, 1943 to Antonia and Francesca (Vassalli) Vivolo. He passed away on September 1, 2018 in Phoenix, Arizona. On a train, he bravely embarked on his journey to Geneva, Switzerland at an early age in 1958. In Geneva, he entered the foodservice industry and met Frieda Schibig, the mother of his children. He courageously immigrated to the United States in 1971 with his brother, Michael Vivolo. Later that same year, Frieda joined him in New York. They married and started their beautiful family. His first daughter, Sara, was born in New York and a few years later his second daughter, Anthea, was born in Arizona.

Lorenzo was a prominent restaurateur in Phoenix for over 30 years, starting in the early 1980s with Ristorante Pronto, formerly located on the northwest corner of 40th Street and Campbell Avenue. He lived a very colorful life surrounded by a diverse group of characters that only he could bring together. The stories of their adventures could have made a blockbuster movie. He was a family man, friend, entrepreneur, chef, host, server, handyman, and magician. With the help of his loyal employees, he gave his customers an unforgettable dining experience which kept them coming back again and again. He was fortunate enough to do what he loved his entire life.

Lorenzo was predeceased by his mother and father, Antonio and Francesca (Vassalli) Vivolo, sister, Angiola Stango, brothers, Giovanni Vivolo, Carmelo Vivolo and Michael Vivolo. He is survived by his two daughters, Sara (Dominic) Jones and Anthea (Gustavo) Soto, granddaughter, Luana Soto, mother of his children, Frieda Schibig, sister, Maria Ruggiero, brother, Vincenzo Vivolo and several nieces, nephews and cousins who live mainly in Phoenix, New York, Florida and Italy. During the last few years of his life, his beloved little dog, Duce ("Doo-Chay"), never left his side. Lorenzo's memorial service will be held at a future date that is yet to be determined. Please contact the family for details. In lieu of flowers, donations to the will be greatly appreciated.
Published in The Arizona Republic on Sept. 12, 2018
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