Humble Delco Italian Chef Has Small Role in ‘The Irishman’ and Celebrity Status After 2 Successful Cookbooks

Chef/cookbook author Elisa Costantini is all smiles as she gets ready to serve sald and antipasti to guests at a recent casual luncheon in her home. Image via Peg DeGrassa, Media News Group.

Accomplished chef and cookbook author Elisa Costantini of Newtown Square has had a busy 10 years, writes Peg DeGrassa for Delco News Network.

The octogenarian published two cookbooks and had a role in “The Irishman,” sitting next to Robert DeNiro.

She’s been on “The Today Show” and “The Rachel Ray Show” three times.  She taught cooking at an Italian winery twice.

Costantini, from Poggio Valle, Italy, is the daughter of farmers.

In 1961, she brought her family recipes to Philadelphia, married and raised a family. When her second child, Agnes, died, she took a job as a cook and housekeeper at Don Guanella Village.

In 2013, after a series of deaths that include her husband and best friend, Costantini tapped into her passion for cooking.

She published “Italian Moms: Spreading Their Art to Every Table” and “Italian Moms: Something Old, Something New: 150 Family Recipes”.

Last year, Costantini also scored a small role in “The Irishman”.

“To be honest, I never watch movies, so I wasn’t too familiar with DeNiro, but he was a very nice person,” Costantini said.

Costantini’s in a Baptism scene at church, playing “somebody’s wife,” she said.

Read more about Delaware County chef Elisa Costantini here.

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