Heart-breaking tributes as co-owner of beloved Greater Manchester pizzeria dies

Marco Carboni, who ran the Ceresis pizzeria in Sale Moor with partner Valentina, has passed away at the age of 49
-Credit: (Image: Manchester Evening News)


The co-owner of a popular pizza restaurant and takeaway in Trafford has tragically passed away after being diagnosed with terminal cancer.

Marco Carboni, who ran the Ceresis pizzeria with his partner Valentina, passed away in his hometown of Rome on May 17 at the age of 49. His death came just a few months after he received the news that his cancer was terminal.

Famed for being one of the only Roman-style pizzerias in the city-region, Ceresis garnered popularity for some of Greater Manchester’s best sourdough pizzas served by the slice since opening their shop on Northenden Road in Sale Moor last year.

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Marco and Valentina, who is a classically trained chef, moved to Manchester after running their own Italian restaurant for a few years in Bournemouth. The pair were both born and raised in Rome.

The news of Marco’s passing was first shared in a Facebook post last week from the couple’s friend Sharon Coen. Sharon explained that Marco and Valentina had moved back to Rome in April in a ‘desperate attempt to save Marco’s life’.

Regarded as the only place to buy authentic Roman-style pizza by the slice, Ceresis has regularly been named one of the best spots for pizza in Greater Manchester
Regarded as the only place to buy authentic Roman-style pizza by the slice, Ceresis has regularly been named one of the best spots for pizza in Greater Manchester -Credit:Manchester Evening News

She added: “Valentina and the kids are understandably devastated, but they are determined to come back. Valentina said "Ceresis was Marco's last dream and I will come back for him, to bring back Marco's pizza".

In a statement issued to the Manchester Evening News today (May 27), Valentina said: “Marco built Ceresis, he put all his efforts into it. He didn't want to give up, his dream was to come back and make pizza and he was looking forward to starting again because he believed in it. We still do.

“We got to a point where our pizza was really special. His pizza really counts for something. This is what he left to everyone, I cannot leave this. We said we would come back stronger than ever. I will not be stronger than before, but I will give it my all: I have to do it, for me and for the kids, but also for everyone.

“I can give everyone his pizza that everyone loved. It cannot end this way. I will not let our dream go this way, I will not give up.”

Marco and Valentina opened Ceresis in Sale Moor last year
Marco and Valentina opened Ceresis in Sale Moor last year -Credit:Manchester Evening News

Speaking to the M.E.N last year, Marco and Valentina explained the secret to the success of their well-loved pizzas came from a 90-hour proofing process using a 'biga' mother dough, made from Einkorn flour, which is typically naturally low in gluten and one of the oldest types of flour.

Since the initial post on social media was shared, Valentina said she had been inundated with messages of support from customers and said she wanted to thank everyone ‘for the love and the smiles and friendship they have always shared’ since they first opened.

Friend Sharon has now set up a fundraiser to help support Valentina and their children rebuild their lives following Marco’s passing. The fundraiser has almost reached its initial target of £2,000. Posting on the GoFundMe page, Sharon wrote: "Every donation, no matter how small, means a lot to Vale and the children. It reminds her that they are loved and we are waiting for them with open arms."