Tuesday 23 January 2018

Upbeat Paolo is 'feeling better than ever'

Laura Butler

Laura Butler

DESPITE undergoing dialysis three times a week, food critic and celebrity chef Paolo Tullio says he feels better than he has in decades.

The 63-year-old, who launched his second novel last night, needed a stent inserted after being diagnosed with what doctors described as a "cardiac event" last year.

He credits his long-term partner Marian with saving his life in the face of acute kidney failure and underwent medical tests on her insistence.

Italian born Tullio, the Irish Independent's resident food expert, said he was feeling happy and well – even though his diet had been a bone of contention with his doctor.

"The energy was sapped out of me, so I've given up salt and do feel better for that, but I met with the doctor and basically that whenever working, I'm going to eat whatever the hell I want," he said.

Tullio launched 'Longing & Belonging' in Dublin last night, with the help of a string of well- known faces, including singer Chris de Burgh, Gate Theatre artistic director Michael Colgan and showbusiness impresario Harry Crosby.

Set in southern Italy in the last century, the novel tells the story of strong-willed Celeste Bassetti and the unrelenting life that is in store for her as she becomes entwined with the Di Vito brothers.

While the experience was a rewarding one, the restaurant reviewer and author said he has now closed the door on fiction after the book took him seven years to write.

Irish Independent

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