Cipriani head chef missing, reportedly last seen getting into car

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The head chef of a popular New York City restaurant has not been seen since last weekend, alarming his co-workers who described him as a dedicated worker and "sweetheart."

The New York City Police Department said Andrea Zamperoni, 33, was reported missing on Monday by co-workers after he didn't show up for work.

Zamperoni, the head chef at Cipriani Dolci in Grand Central Terminal, was last seen leaving the restaurant around 9 p.m. on Saturday.

Sous chef Manuel Ignacio Albo told WNBC-TV that Zamperoni's roommate said the chef went home to his apartment in Flushing, Queens, and then stepped outside and got into a car. He has not been heard from since.

Andrea Zamperoni, 33, was reported missing by coworkers on Monday, according to police.
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“His passport is still in his apartment and he’s here on a work visa that’s the only documentation he has. So how can he be going anywhere without his passport?" Albo told CBS New York.

Co-workers described Zamperoni as someone who would always call if he was going to be late, and isn't someone to be out late partying.

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Cipriani Dolce’s manager, Fernando Dallorso, told the New York Post Zamperoni has worked at the Grand Central location for more than a year, but has been with the company for over a decade and was "very respected."

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“Chefs are known for being temperamental. This guy’s a sweetheart,” Dallorso told the newspaper. He added that Zamperoni was last seen by his roommate after finishing his shift Saturday night.

Officials have listed the 33-year-old Italian native as missing, and not indicated if foul play may be involved. He is described as 5-foot, 11-inches tall and weighing 200 pounds.

Anyone with information is asked to call the NYPD's Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or for Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA (74782). Tips can also be submitted online at www.nypdcrimestoppers.com.

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