October 14, 1929 – March 13, 2020
On Friday, March 13, 2020, Vincenzo Romano, loving husband and father of 3, passed away at the age of 90.
Vincenzo was born on 10/14/1929 in Ponza, Italy as the youngest child of twelve to Caterina and Gennaro Romano. He left Italy for Canada and married the love of his life, Antonietta, on 11/24/1956. They were happily married for 63 years. They had 3 children—Caterina, Giuseppe, and Silveria. The family immigrated to San Diego in search of warmer weather. They had found their home.
With the move to America, they all got nicknames: Vince, Toni, Cathy, Joe, and Silvia. Moreover, Vince opened Italian restaurant on Ray Street in 1967. He named it “Paesano,” which means friends in Italian. With the success of their business, Paesano became the lunch/dinner spot in North Park. Vince had the insight to purchase and build his restaurant on 3647 30th Street in 1972, where it flourished. Many parties, meetings, get-togethers, and memories were had at Paesano for more than 50 years.
Vince was loved by his family, friends, customers, and anyone who had the pleasure to meet him. He was a true “Paesano.” Vince loved to work hard, garden, sunbathe, and dance- he was the first and last one on the dance floor. He lived his life to its fullest.
Vincenzo is preceded in death by his father Gennaro, mother Caterina, and his 11 siblings. He is survived by his wife Antonietta, his children and their spouses (Caterina and Sabah, Giuseppe and Shelley, Silvia and Anthony), his 10 grandchildren, 3 great grandchildren, and nieces and nephews.
The service will be private due to COVID-19. In lieu of flowers, please donate to the Mayo Clinic for Cancer Research on their website at philanthropy.mayoclinic.org
No services are scheduled at this time. Receive a notification when services are updated.
Alicia Diez de Bonilla
March 27, 2020
I want to thank Mr. & Mrs. Romano for giving me a gift in my life which is their daughter Caterina. My heart goes out to the Romano family for the loss of their father, grandfather and husband to Mrs. Romano. I believe the Romano family have a special Angel that will never leave their side. My thoughts, prayers and well wishes are with you.
March 24, 2020
Today, we laid our father to rest in peace. He will always be remembered with love. He was a man who lived, worked, loved with all his being. So many memories of him with his grandchildren. I love you, dad. ❤️
Salvatore , Mirella Morle
March 23, 2020
We will always remember our zio Vincenzo tanned and a beautiful smile on his face every time we saw him either in Boston or San Diego , we will miss our long phone calls talking about the memories he had about Ponza and giving a welcoming advice on life , Rest In Peace zio Vincenzo we will never forget you , you were my fathers baby brother and like a father to me , until we meet again Mirella and Salvatore 💙