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Stepfather Tony Roma and Buddy Hackett

Recipe For Disaster: The Year Tony Roma Married My Mom

In “The Bastard of Beverly Hills,” author Rafael Moscatel provides a personal account of his mother’s marriage to Tony Roma, renowned restaurateur. Moscatel acknowledges how he made life difficult for Roma, who was struggling to adjust to being a stepfather. Despite his antics, Roma is remembered fondly for his charisma, humor, and the vibrant world he introduced to Moscatel’s mother. An amusing confusion over Roma’s obituary sparked a wave of premature condolences for Moscatel’s mother, an incident believed to have amused Roma.