Anthony J. Bastianelli, 86, Little Italy restaurateur

July 24, 2002

Anthony J. Bastianelli, a retired Little Italy restaurateur, died Friday of complications of Alzheimer's disease at Ivy Hall Nursing Home in Middle River. He was 86 and lived in Little Italy.

In the early 1960s, he converted a hardware store and lumberyard into Tino's Restaurant on Eastern Avenue, where other family members did the cooking.

His wife of 60 years, the former Theresa Fasano, who survives him, prepared the restaurant's signature dishes, fettuccini Alfredo and garlic bread.

Mr. Bastianelli later changed the name of the establishment to Antonio's Restaurant. He sold the business in 1990, and it is now known as Boccaccio.

Born in Baltimore and raised in Little Italy, Mr. Bastianelli attended St. Leo's Parochial School and city public schools.

Before opening the restaurant, he had been a Frigidaire repairman and ran a television repair shop out of his home. He also founded the Craftsman Co. home repair business and installed knotty-pine paneling.

A Mass was offered Monday at St. Leo's Roman Catholic Church, where Mr. Bastianelli was a lifelong member.

He is also survived by two sons, Joseph Bastianelli of Baltimore and Raymond Bastianelli of Middle River; two daughters, Antoinette Alena and Anna Marie Serafini, both of Baltimore; four grandchildren; and a great-granddaughter.

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