FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – COVID-19 has claimed the life of one of the founders of the local Casa chain of Italian Restaurants.
According to his son Jim, Tom Casaburo died this week in a Sarasota hospital near his Florida retirement home.
He started his first Fort Wayne restaurant after meeting partner Jimmy D’Angelo in a bar in 1977.
Jim remembers his father as a passionate host.
“He really loved cooking, really loved making food but most of all he loved sharing the dining experience with customers. I mean, he was passionate about that. My mom and dad would sit down with customers on a regular basis and have dinner with them. Some they knew, some they didn’t. His philosophy was once you come into my restaurant, you’re a guest in my home.”
Tom Casaburo was 80.