Adam Roberts, AKA the Amateur Gourmet, had the temerity, the nerve, to expect a warm reception when he took his parents to the new Le Cirque. Needless to say, he was treated rather shabbily by Sirio himself. Not a big surprise, obviously, but his account is pitch perfect. My favorite moment: When Adam spots Sirio, he says to his parents, "See that guy over there. He's the one who will determine our worth."
Mauro's churlish response reminded me of the time when Times reviewer Biff Grimes gave one of the Maccioni restaurants a less than stellar review, and Sirio responded by making a gratuitously insulting remark about Grime's wife.
What does this tell us? Are the Maccionis only gracious on cue?
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