The missing head chef at the ritzy Cipriani Dolci restaurant has been found dead in a Queens rooming house, police said Thursday.
Andrea Zamperoni, 33, was found at the Kamway Lodge & Tavern in Elmhurst at about 8:30 p.m. Wednesday by police officers responding to a call of an unconscious man. He was found to be unresponsive and declared dead at the scene, the NYPD said.
Zamperoni was last seen by his roommates after his Saturday night shift at the chic eatery. Co-workers called police when he didn’t show up for work on Monday.
Kamway, located near LaGuardia Airport, is listed as a hostel by Travelocity.com, where a double room can be booked for $89 a night.
Police said the cause of death is pending an autopsy by the medical examiner, and that the investigation into Zamperoni’s death is ongoing.
The chef, who lived in Woodside, Queens, had worked at Cipriani’s Grand Central Terminal restaurant for more than a year, but had been with the company for more than a decade, including at a company restaurant in London — where his brother works as a chef.
“Chefs are known for being temperamental. This guy’s a sweetheart,” Cipriani’s manager, Fernando Callorso, told The Post this week. “He’s a family man. He’s got a brother in London and a mother in Italy.”
“It’s very heartbreaking,” he said. “He’s very respected here. He climbed very well in the corporation.”
Cipriani Dolci is one of seven Big Apple restaurants owned by Cipriani S.A., an international restaurant corporation with restaurants throughout Europe and in Asia and South America as well as Miami Beach and Los Angeles.