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Chris Christini (Christakos), Founder of Cherished Long-Time Orlando Italian Restaurant, Christini’s Ristorante Italiano Passes Away

Sad news to share – Chris Christini (Christakos), owner and founder of Christini’s Ristorante Italiano, has passed after a long battle with cancer. In 2019, we had the honor of interviewing Mr. Chris Christini on the 35th anniversary of the founding of Christini’s in Orlando. He will be dearly missed – our prayers and thoughts are with his family and friends here in Orlando and around the world.

The restaurant posted the below on social media:

“On June 23rd, we lost the one and only Chris Christini (Chris Christakos). He battled fiercely and bravely for years with cancer and will be remembered for his tenacity, his passion and his legendary quest for perfection. He is survived by his wife Helen, and daughters Caty and Elli and his beloved grandchildren and extended family and will be missed greatly by all who knew him. Christinis will continue with his same standards of excellence and hospitality.

The details for his memorial service are as follows:

Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church of Greater Orlando
1217 Trinity Woods Ln, Maitland, FL 32751
The viewing is on June 27th and the funeral will be June 28th.
Tuesday 5-7 pm viewing
Wednesday 10 am funeral

In lieu of flowers, please send donations to:

or Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa:;jsessionid=00000000.app20122a?1080.donation=form1&df_id=1080&mfc_pref=T&_ga=2.106154563.1725485123.1687728700-907365756.1687728700&NONCE_TOKEN=7A8FE41EBE146B265D0876A427C6445E&fbclid=IwAR1_1TtsGrAgUQ8DqYXM-aQeVVhT6sSpfNjBvLqAWfdYsCWFvLupy1KBizk

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