Friday 23 June 2017

Sophie Gorman on Paolo Tullio: He loved people, and people loved him: he'll be missed by all

Recently, Paolo built his own smokehouse and pizza oven in his garden– mostly by hand
Recently, Paolo built his own smokehouse and pizza oven in his garden– mostly by hand

Sophie Gorman

Paolo Tullio was a father, a chef, a restaurateur, a newspaper food critic, a television fixture, a radio personality, a film star (in a manner of speaking), a recording studio owner, an interpreter, a cattle agent. Most of all, though, Paolo Tullio was a lover of people. And people loved him back.

Paolo kept friends when all around him were losing them. His close-knit circle of friends was fiercely loyal to him, as he was to them. Key friendships were made in Dublin of the late sixties, when Paolo arrived from England to officially study English and Philosophy in Trinity College, but really to study life and living and enjoying all that the sixties hippy era had to offer.

This was when Paolo forged lasting friendships united by a shared sense of mischief, when Paolo met his remarkable gang of friends that remain to this day: Michael Colgan, Paul McGuinness, Harry Crosbie.

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