By profession, Angelo Pellegrini (1903 – 1991) was a teacher of English at the University of Washington in Seattle. By avocation, he was an evangelist for good healthy food, good wine, and the good life, a voice in the wilderness of America’s mid-20th century obsession with bad, fast, fattening food, sugary synthetic and adulterated wine, and a life dominated by the gods of Convenience, Speed, and Consumption.
Through his numerous books, became an inspiration for many others, some of whom became evangelists in turn: Alice Waters, founder of the seminal “locovore” restaurant Chez Panisse in Berkeley, California, longtime New York Times food writer Ruth Reichl, and Mario Batali, founder of the New York artisanal restaurant empire with his flagship enterprise Babbo (colloquial Italian for “father,” one of Pelle’s affectionate nicknames).
One ambition of the Foundation is to bring together significant contributions to Pelle-lore: articles, reminiscences, photographs, and more. These materials will be indexed here as they are acquired; all interested parties are encouraged to share their own with us.
Ruth Reichl remembers Angelo Pellegrini (On the occasion of the 2010 annual Pellegrini Award; with the kind permission of Seattle Weekly
Chef Mario Batali praises Pelle as the Italian grandfather you wish you’d had. Reproduced from the introduction to The Unprejudiced Palate 2005 edition).
Fred Brack’s definitive profile of Angeloo Pellegrini, from the February 17th, 1982 issue of Seattle Weekly