Lidia Bastianich
Lidia Bastianich
Celebrated Name: Lidia Bastianich
Real Name/Full Name: Lidia Giuliana Mattichio Bastianich
Gender: Female
Age: 77 years old
Birth Date: 21 February 1947
Birth Place: Paula, Yugoslavia
Nationality: Italian-American
Height: 1.61m
Weight: 60 kg
Sexual Orientation: Straight
Marital Status: Divorced
Husband/Spouse (Name): Felix Bastianich (m. 1966; div 1997)
Children/Kids (Son and Daughter): Yes 2 (Joe and Tanya)
Dating/Boyfriend (Name): N/A
Is Lidia Bastianich Lesbian? No
Profession: Author, producer, and restaurateur
Salary: N/a
Net Worth in 2024: $10 million
Last Updated: June 2024

Lidia is a famously known American chef, author, television host, and restaurateur. She is known for owning multiple restaurants and the television show “Lidia’s Italy In America.” She has been a regular contributor to cooking shows from public television. She owns several Italian restaurants in the U.S in partnership with her kids.

Maybe you know about Lidia Bastianich very well, but do you know how old and tall is she and what is her net worth in 2024? If you do not know, we have prepared this article about details of Lidia Bastianich’s short biography-wiki, career, professional life, personal life, today’s net worth, age, height, weight, and more facts. Well, if you’re ready, let’s start.

Early Life & Biography

Lidia was born in Paula, Croatia. She is the daughter of Erminia and Vittorio Motika. At her young age, the family lived under the Marshal Tito Communist regime in Yugoslavia though they later fled to Trieste, Italy, along with her sibling. After two years, they were granted their application to emigrate to the United States, where they landed in New York City together with her family in 1958. The American Sponsors, Catholic Relief Services found them home and found a job for her father, and they ultimately settled. At the age of 14, she started working in restaurants, first at a bakery, and then later at a pizzeria on the upper west side of Manhattan.

Personal Life

Lidia got married at the age of nineteen, to Felix Bastianich, a fellow Istria- Italian immigrant and restaurant worker from Labin, Istria. They two had met on Lidia’s sixteenth birthday, and they got married in 1966. The couple has two children together, a son Joseph and daughter Tanya. They opened two restaurants in queens, Buonavia “good road” was the first restaurant they opened in 1971.

The success of the restaurant sponsored the opening of the second one in 1973, Villa Secondo, which hit in just a matter of months. They sold the restaurants in Queens and opened a new restaurant in Manhattan named Felidia in 1981, and Luckily, it made a huge success. The couple got divorced in 1997, after several years of marriage presuming because they had differences in ideas about business expansion.

Age, Height, and Weight

Being born on 21 February 1947, Lidia Bastianich is 77 years old as of today’s date 13th June 2024. Her height is 1.6m tall, and her weight is 60 kg.


Lidia is famously known for her unique specialization in Italian American cuisine and owns many restaurants in the U.S.  Some of her cuisines are a partnership with her children and ex-husband, and after the opening of several restaurants, she was going through her divorce phase she decides to start her career in television.

She got an opportunity in an episode of Julia Child: Cooking with Master Chefs that was from PBS in 1993, and her appearance was positively received as well. She enjoyed the experience. Later on, in 1998, PBS offered her an opportunity to start her own television, and she happily accepted it without hesitation. She stars in the famous television show, Lidia’s Italy In America, and also appeared on America Master Chef as a judge to which have earned her several awards.

Lidia has authored several books in her media including Lidia Cooks from the Heart of Italy and Lidia’s Italy, Lidia’s Italy, Lidia’s Family table which was companion books to the Emmy nominated television series, Lidia’s Italian American Kitchen, Lidia’s Italian Table, and La Cucina di Lidia and Lidia’ Mastering the Art of Italian Cuisine.

The latter was one of her successful books that promise right on its cover to provide every detail that one would need to know to be a great Italian cook. Lidia is the founder and the CEO of Tavola Productions, which is an entertainment company that produces high-quality broadcast productions as well she also owns her line of kinds of pasta and all-natural sauces called LIDIA’S.

In 2011, she was faced with a public controversy while a lawsuit was filed against her by a family helper that claimed she was held in indentured servitude, and after one year, her employees also issued a lawsuit claiming a portion of their tips were withheld from their earnings.  She also uses her talent to help generate support for humanitarian causes, where she helps to raise funds for the less fortunate in partnership with organizations such as UNICEF and Uniform.

She created the Lidia Mattichio Bastianich Foundation in 1999, which focused on helping the abandoned, oppressed, and neglected to promote their health, welfare, happiness as well as academic development. She is active in involver herself with various non -profit organizations that focus on promoting and celebrating Italian and Italian-American culture. Lidia is also associated with the National Organization of Italian American Woman, an organization that focuses on preserving Italian heritage, language, and culture.

Awards & Achievements

Lidia has won the Emmy for Outstanding Culinary Host and also was inducted into Culinary Hall of Fame. She was nominated for a Rockie Award at Banff World Media Festival in Lifestyle. Lidia has been nominated for several other nominations throughout her career.

Net Worth & Salary of Lidia Bastianich in 2024

Lidia Bastianich Net Worth
Lidia Bastianich Net Worth

As of June 2024, Lidia has estimated net worth of $10 million. She has earned her wealth from her main source of income from the huge success of her long term career. She is the owner, as well as the founder of Italian restaurants that have skyrocketed the amount of money she earns annually. She has partnered with her kids to expand her business globally, which has become another inlet of her money. Lidia is also an author of several books in relation to the cuisines, a presenter, restaurateur, and television producer.

Lidia is a mother, role model, and influencer who has impacted the generation positively through her success and hard work. Despite facing several lawsuits in the past, she has managed to hold her head high and stand very firm in her endeavors.


  1. I like Lidias cooking show in watched her for probably 7 years since 2013 to 2020. I am Italian I guess for more then 4 generations. My great grandparents n grandparents were from Italy. My Dads parents were fromPerugia Italy. My mother’s Dad was from Scicily, I’m pretty sure, Catania or some small village in mountains he used to work as a farmer, growing Olive trees, grape vines and made wine. He must have come to America when he was 17. He worked as a machinist in a machine shop. He had his own truck delivered fruits n vegetables, to wealthy people in Shaker Heights, Ohio. My maternal grandmother was born in Cleveland her name was Trano, Rose. She cooked the most fabulous Lasagna, Baked Rigatoni, wonderful cakes n desserts, and taught my mother & she was a fantastic cook, her n my father taught me how to cook some of their specialties. Like, chicken cattatorrie, wild mushrooms, peppers grilled, in broiler, with garlic, brushetta, Baked Rigatoni, pizzas, to mention a few. I love your show hope to always have it on for awhile. Even if it’s on in sindication, it’s very relaxing I learn from your recipes n cooking techniques.


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