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Cheers to Sirio

Beverly Stephen - March 2014

New York City—Few restaurateurs have had as long and distinguished a career as Sirio Maccioni, who will be the recipient of the James Beard Foundation Lifetime Achievement award in May. As a young immigrant, he made his name at Delmonico’s and the Colony, where he gained a society following, before the 1974 launch of Le Cirque, which is now celebrating its 40th anniversary. Not only is Maccioni an astute businessman and kingmaker of chefs but he’s so adroit a social ringmaster that he was called upon to arrange the seating for Malcolm Forbes’ funeral. Among the numerous honors he has received over the years is the Food Arts September 1993 Silver Spoon award. This photo by James Salzano was taken to commemorate Maccioni’s elevation to living landmark status by The New York Landmarks Conservancy in the rotunda of The Pierre hotel, which is also a landmark and the entrance to Maccioni’s newest venture, Sirio Ristorante.