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'You'd always feel better for having spent time with him' - tributes paid to food critic Paolo Tullio


Paulo Tullio

Paulo Tullio

Paulo Tullio

Tributes have been paid to food critic and former Michelin star restaurant owner Paolo Tullio, who died on Friday at the age of 65.

Celebrities from the culinary and broadcasting worlds have expressed their sorrow at his death.

Chef and food writer Clodagh McKenna said she was saddened at his passing.

"He was such a gentle and kind man. My thoughts and prayers are with his family," she said.

Sean Moncrieff, on whose Newstalk radio show Paolo had a regular slot, said he was a man you could talk to for hours.

"He would draw you in and you'd always feel better for having spent time with him. It's desperately sad," he said.

Paolo came to Ireland from Italy in 1968 to study English, Arts and Philosophy at Trinity College.

After he obtained an MA, he held several jobs, working as a clinical psychologist in St Brendan's Hospital, an interpreter and even as a cattle-agent.

In 1977, he established Armstrong's Barn in Annamoe, Co Wicklow. It served food in a traditional Irish style. The restaurant closed in 1988.

He received several awards for his cooking. In 1978, he earned one Michelin star. The Michelin Guide awarded the restaurant the "Red M", indicating "good food at a reasonable price", in 1980 and 1981.

Paolo was the founder and writer for foodandwine.net, as well as restaurant reviewer and wine correspondent for the Irish Independent.


He also wrote extensively on life-style and travel for Food and Wine Magazine.

For most he was well known as resident critic on the television show The Restaurant, which started its life on RTE before moving to TV3.

Tullio married watercolour artist Susan Morley, who he met at Trinity College, in 1975. They had two children and divorced in 2004.