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Readers here appreciate a good, well-written review, so I thought I would point out a couple of reviews in today's NY Times that I found exceptional. The first is Frank Bruni's review of the fancy Cipriani restaurant on New York's Fifth Avenue. He hated it! Rarely does one get to read such a devastating review, especially where one takes on a legendary restaurant name. See for yourself:

http://events.nytimes.com/2007/11/14/dining/reviews/14rest.html

 

The other is a book review by the former food critic, William Grimes. He reviews a detailed reporting on organized crime in Southern Italy that reads more like it should be a novel. The evil involved is mind-boggling, and the fact that it seems to be prevalent in Italy even more striking. The author details such practices as testing heroin on addicts to see which ones drop dead...then they know the product is too strong; or you can read about the environemental authorities making deals to send toxic waste to southern Italy where the bad guys don't exactly follow the EPA guidelines. The book is called Gomorrah; the review is titled aptly "Where Savage Parasites Rot A Nation From Within." It couldn't happen here, though.

 

Not a good day for Italians in the NY Times!

http://www.nytimes.com/2007/11/14/books/14grim.html

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>The first is Frank Bruni's

>review of the fancy Cipriani restaurant on New York's Fifth

>Avenue. He hated it! Rarely does one get to read such a

>devastating review, especially where one takes on a legendary

>restaurant name. See for yourself:

>http://events.nytimes.com/2007/11/14/dining/reviews/14rest.html

 

I agree - it sounds like a "must miss". The prices, while hard to justify are probably, in part, in response to the location. Let's not forget that it is on 5th Avenue - AND in the Sherry-Netherland Hotel. It's difficult to imagine costler real estate. Their overhead must be out of sight.

 

I understand that there are restaurants in the newish Time Warner Center that are even more expensive.

 

Don't forget that to the people who frequent these establishments, money is not money in the real sense of the word. It is merely "figures in a ledger"

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