Linda Stasi article from the New York Post ... anyone have it?
She's the NY Post food critic that was showcased in tonight's episode. Here's what they have for free from the NY Post website:
WHINE AND DINE - REALITY TV BITES AT A TABLE FOR 3 (PLUS A CAMERA)
LINDA STASI. New York Post. New York, N.Y.: Jun 6, 2003. pg. 149
Let me explain. NBC is filming a reality show called "The Restaurant" in, yes, a Manhattan restaurant - or more precisely, a flashy celeb joint opened by handsome, celebrity chef Rocco DiSpirito a few days ago and called, appropriately enough, Rocco's. The show, which starts airing next month, will be a kind of real- life "Upstairs/Downstairs."
Zarela, my friend, a celebrity chef herself and owner ...
I'm very interested in finding out what she has to say. I like the show, but I can't stand Rocco. I was a waiter for 9 years and never saw an owner with less know-how then Rocco. He may be a genius in the kicthen, but from what I can tell, he is lacking in business sense and ediquette.
After causing Linda to snag her panty hose by squeezing in the small booth and pushing her to the far end, he jokes about it and says he'll gladly pay for them as long as she gives him the pair she's wearing. Then he jokes about how he was joking about a female guest's fake boobs the night before. Why on earth would you joke with a food critic about such matters.
You would also think that he would actually prepare their meal instead of leaving it to his staff. Instead, he's giving his rocks off with some female guests.
He'll have no one to blame but himself when Rocco's goes under.