What Is Marie Riccio Up To After Divorce With Carl Ruiz? Parents, Children

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Marie Riccio (also known as Marie Kirby) rose to prominence as an ex-wife of late celebrity chef Carl Ruiz. The couple together ran a famed Italian deli and cafe, Marie’s Italian Specialties. After their divorce, Riccio became the sole owner of the cafe.

Tragically, Marie’s former husband passed away at just 44. How did Food Network star Carl die? Also know did the couple share children?

In the article, also take a closer look at her parents, age, and many other unexplored facts you are looking for!

Who Is Carl Ruiz’s Ex-Wife Marie Riccio?

Like her hubby, Marie is also well-versed in the art of culinary. She is a restauranteur who owns Marie’s Italian Specialties, a cafe located in the Hickory Square Mall in Chatham Township, New Jersey.

Marie's ex-spouse Carl died at 44.
Marie Riccio at her Marie’s cafe.
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The restaurant’s dishes include the brick chicken entree and the sacred swine sandwich.

Marie Riccio’s Ex-Husband Carl Opened a Restuarant Named After His Wife

Riccio opened Marie’s Italian Specialties along with her spouse Marie on 10th October 2011. Her late ex-hubby told The New York Times that they both are equal in cooking. When the interviewer asked him to explain the cafe’s name, Ruiz told,

“My wife is Sicilian. If the place wasn’t called Marie’s, I’d be in trouble.”

He also revealed the type of food the restaurant serves in the same interview.

“It’s not eating-fava-beans-in-flip-flops-in-Tuscany Italian,” he said, “It’s lay-down-on-your-couch-for-three-hours-afterward Italian.”

Besides, Marie’s Italian Specialties also featured on Ruiz’s TV show Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives, aired on Food Network in early 2013.

Marie Riccio & Carl Ruiz Marriage: When Did They Divorce?

The ex-duo remained tight-lipped about their marriage throughout their love life. They never revealed when the two tied the knot. But according to some sources, they exchanged their vows in the late 2000s.

The two shared the same love for cooking and also used their skills in their business. It is hard to balance family life and private life with the same efficiency but Marie and Carl initially managed their hectic schedule. Nonetheless, it couldn’t last long and they went their separate ways in 2018. Sources reported they remained friends after their split.

A year after their separation, Carl opened a new restaurant called La Cubana, in the Meatpacking District of New York City. It specializes in authentic Cuban fare. On the other hand, Marie then handles Italian Specialties solely.

Marie Riccio Ex-Husband Carl Ruiz Death

Ruiz, an executive chef at La Cubana passed away in his sleep on 21st September 2019. He was just 44 at the time of his untimely demise.

La Cubana first broke the sad news on its Instagram account with a lengthy message,

“On behalf of the La Cubana family, with heavy hearts, we are deeply saddened to share the passing of our beloved Executive Chef Carl Ruiz.”

Here is the post,


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Cause of Death

He died because of clogged arteries. Bruce Goldfarb of the Maryland Department of Health confirmed to USA Today. “The cause of death is atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease, natural causes.”

The renowned TV personality gained wide popularity after his appearance as a judge on various Food Network cooking competition TV shows like Guy’s Grocery Games and more.

Marie Riccio Has Fraternal Twins

Riccio is the proud mother of a fraternal twin. She welcomed a son named Robert V. Kirby and a daughter Michelle M. Kirby in October 2005. She shares a deep bond with her children.

Marie Riccio's kids.
Marie’s fraternal twin.
Source: Facebook

Marie frequently posts adorable photos of her kids on various occasions such as birthdays on her social media handles. However, the detail of their biological father still remains pretty secret.

In mid-2020, Robert and Michelle graduated from Madison Junior School. The family of three currently resides in New Jersey.

Who are Marie Riccio Parents? Is of Sicilian Descent

Riccio is the daughter of Martin and Joyce Riccio. Talking more about her family, her grandfather Martin Joseph Riccio passed away at 83 on 10th June 2017. Her grandmother’s name is Fay Riccio.

Marie previously married Carl.
Marie Riccio is a culinary expert.
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Carl Ruiz’s ex-wife Marie is Sicilian as per her ethnicity and belongs to American nationality.

Marie Riccio’s Early Life: Attended Rutgers University

Marie was born on 13th Feb 1981, in New Jersey. She spent the majority of her early life in New Jersey with her family. She graduated from Rutgers University – Newark Campus, in  New Jersey.

As of 2023, she is 42 years old.

Is Marie Ricco On Instagram?

Well, she is not on Instagram officially. However, there are numerous fake Instagram accounts in her name. Apart from Instagram, she is also not on any other social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter.

What Is Her Net Worth?

As a professional chef, Marie has definitely amassed a decent sum of money. If sources are to be believed, she has a net worth somewhere around $1 million as of 2023.


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