Marino, pillar of LA’s Italian dining scene, dies

LOS ANGELES Longtime restaurateur Ciro “Mario” Marino, a pillar of this city’s Italian dining scene, died Wednesday after a battle with lung cancer. He was 76 years old.

Marino was known most recently as the patriarch of the family that owned the restaurant Marino Ristorante, which he opened in 1983. The venue, now operated by his son Mario Marino, quickly became known as the unofficial commissary of the nearby Paramount Studios and a popular haunt for

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