In Our Care

Rita Rossi, age 88, of Cambridge, Arlington, and Scottsdale, AZ, was a much beloved wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She passed away on January 17, 2023, surrounded by the family that she adored.

Rita, who immigrated to America at just 16, was the owner and namesake of Rita's Place restaurant in Chelsea and later Rita's Catering of Everett. She devoted her life to sharing the home-cooking of her native Sicily with many loyal customers, friends, and employees, and she continued to cook professionally into her 70s, always bringing laughter to long, hard days in the kitchen. A true creative soul, Rita was also an avid painter and gardener, and she passed on these passions to her children and grandchildren.

Rita will be missed by everyone who had the privilege of experiencing her joyful spirit and infectious sense of humor, but most of all by her business partner, best friend, and husband of 72 years, Charlie. Ci manchi tantissimo.

All who knew Rita are invited to a celebration of her life at Mt Auburn Cemetery's Story Chapel on Saturday, January 28, 2023, from 10 am – 11:30am. Following a brief service at 11:30 there will be an entombment. Guests are encouraged to wear color in honor of Rita. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the Arnold Arboretum or the Museum of Fine Arts Boston, so that Rita may continue to share her love of nature and art with the world. Please visit to leave an online condolence.