Restaurateur Russell Norman has dead, London’s landmark restaurants death

Russell Norman, a renowned restaurateur and author with multiple awards to his name, passed away yesterday at the age of 57. Richard Beatty, co-founder of POLPO and SPUNTINO, shared the heartbreaking news, stating, “It is with the greatest sadness I announce the loss of my best friend Russell Norman. After a short battle in the hospital, he died surrounded by family and friends. Russell is survived by his wife and three children, and I ask that you respect the privacy of his family, friends, and colleagues at this time.”

Russell Norman’s legacy encompasses his roles as an author, restaurateur, and broadcaster. He founded the acclaimed BRUTTO restaurant in London and co-founded POLPO and SPUNTINO. His literary contributions include the award-winning cookbook “POLPO: A Venetian Cookbook (of Sorts),” which received the inaugural Waterstones Book of the Year prize in 2012. In 2014, he presented “The Restaurant Man,” a six-part prime-time documentary for BBC2. His second book, “SPUNTINO – Comfort Food (New York Style),” earned the 2016 Guild of Food Writers Award for the best food and travel book. His third book, “VENICE: Four Seasons of Home Cooking,” reflected his deep immersion into the food culture of authentic Venetian residents.

Returning to his original inspiration, Venice, Norman opened the fully-booked Trattoria BRUTTO in 2021, receiving universal acclaim and a long waiting list. Despite his passing, the restaurant will continue under the custodianship of his son Ollie and wife Jules.

Russell Norman’s final literary contribution, “BRUTTO: A Simple Florentine Cookbook,” was published earlier this month. This book chronicles the creation of the immensely popular trattoria bearing the same name. Norman’s impact on the culinary world and his dedication to authentic and diverse cuisine will be remembered and celebrated.

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