Sirio Ristorante Grand Opening Draws Power Heavy Crowd to The Pierre

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

From 1972 to 1974, Sirio Maccioni – the legendary proprietor of Le Cirque – oversaw operations at La Foret lounge, restaurant, and nightclub at The Pierre. Forty years later, he has returned to his original stomping grounds (now The Pierre, A Taj Hotel) to launch his namesake restaurant, Sirio. Last Wednesday, the Maccioni family threw a splashy restaurant opening bash to toast the patriarch’s homecoming. It was a friends and family preview, technically – but the Maccionis are not exactly known for doing things small. Over the course of four decades, the restaurant dynasty has cultivated a loyal following of New York notables that is hard to match: Tony Bennett, Martha Stewart, Ivana Trump, and Mayor Michael Bloomberg all came to show their support.

As did approximately 1,000 other guests, who took over the hotel’s restaurant, lobby, and ballroom, and represented a cross-generational who’s who of New York’s power elite. Among them: New York City Police Commissioner Ray Kelly, Chuck Scarborough, Amy Sacco, Dori Cooperman, Richard Meier, Douglas Hannant, Lizzie and Jonathan Tisch, Geoffrey Bradfield, Emel Dilek, Jean Shafiroff, Cornelia Guest, Frederick Anderson, Somers Farkas, and Kyle De Woody. Amidst all of the air kissing, AVENUEinsider sipped yummy Solerno Blood Orange Bellinis and Sirio’s private label wine, produced exclusively for the restaurant. We also had a chance to sample a few of the hors d’oeuvres – courtesy of executive chef Filippo Gozzoli – among them pumpkin croquettes, saffron risotto, and bruschetta pomodoro. But the glittering crowd – trailed by iconic shutterbug Bill Cunningham for much of the evening – proved satiating enough in its own right.


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