Sacramento Chef Biba Caggiano dies at 82

Biba wanted to share authentic Italian cooking with Sacramento after moving here with her husband in 1978

By Marilyn Nelson on August 29, 2019
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A fixture of the Sacramento culinary scene, Biba Caggiano was surrounded by family when she died this morning at 4:18 a.m. She will be deeply missed.

82-year-old Caggiano had been living with Alzheimer for the last few years as well as Parkinson’s disease. Although she had limited verbal ability and was unable to recognize her customers, she remained a fixture at her beloved restaurant until about five weeks ago, according to KCRA 3.

The iconic restaurateur opened Biba at the corner of 28th and Capitol Avenue nearly 33 year ago. As well as a world renowned chef, Biba published nine best-selling cookbooks. She was also a TV personality – hosting many cooking segments on KCRA 3 over the years.

Memorial arrangements are still pending.

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