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Cesar “Augusto” Izquierdo 5.22.57 - 2.11.12

Posted on February 13, 2012

By Cary Steinbuck

Though most people associate Rogers Park’s famous Peruvian restaurant Taste of Peru with his more gregarious older brother Cesar, those of us who frequented the restaurant have always been charmed by Cesar’s mellow younger brother, Augusto.

Indeed, Augusto was the welcoming face at Taste of Peru for more than ten years.  A quiet and gentle man who was always ready to make sure guests experienced the wonderful flavors of a family-owned Rogers Park eatery. 

Most would not get the opportunity to know that behind the efficient professional, was the heart of a man who worked hard every day to provide for his family back home in Peru.

Born in Lima Peru to Cesar Arturo & Carmen Revoredo Izquierdo on May 22, 1957, Augusto completed his secondary education and joined the Lima police force.  After four years in the academy he was promoted to captain and assigned to duty in Tujillo Peru. 

In Trujillo, Augusto married his lovely wife, Julia Slodeda, and they raised three children.  Upon retirement, he came to the United States to help his brother and sister-in-law as they opened A Taste of Peru (6545 N. Clark Street).  Augusto came to this country with extremely limited English.  He worked hard, taking English language classes at Truman College.  Any spare time was spent with his family and in his community.

Augusto always looked after people and was the man behind the scenes.  He shared in the supervision of the restaurant and was a part of its success.  His personality was that of a protector and as a friend.  He was honest, hard working and trusted by all who knew him.

Each Christmas, Augusto put on the Santa suit and brought a smile to hundreds of local children who would not be forgotten or left out.  In many cases, this was the only chance to see the jolly old man and Augusto made each one of them feel special.  During the summers, the restaurant organizes a “National Night Out” event as part of Chicago’s Alternative Policing Strategy (CAPS), and each hot August night, you could find Augusto with his family making sure the kids were safe as they took their first pony ride.

On Saturday, Augusto lost his courageous battle against cancer.  He will be missed by all who knew and loved him including his wife, Julia and four children, his brothers and sisters Cesar (Julie), Cesar Andres, Cesar Angel, Cesar Alejandro (deceased) , Veronica Lucia, and Kathaleen Revecca as well as his nieces and nephews. 

Cesar Agusto Izquierdo will be remembered by his friends and family as a man who made a difference through quiet strength and great care for all he touched.  He will be missed. 

Visitation will be held on Thursday, February 16th from 4 until 8 pm at Maloney’s Funeral Home (1359 W. Devon).

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