Sirio Maccioni, Le Cirque Restaurateur, Dies At 88 – Legendary restaurateur Sirio Maccioni — the man behind seminal French fine dining restaurant Le Cirque — has died in the town where he was born, Montecatini, in Tuscany, Italy.
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Sirio Maccioni, the Le Cirque founder, died from natural causes Sunday night at his birth town of Montecatini Terme in Tuscany surrounded by his family. He was 88.
Sirio Maccioni’s son Mauro Maccioni confirmed the death.
Sirio Maccioni, the Tuscan-born impresario best known for Le Cirque, his award-winning flagship French restaurant, died last night at his home in Montecatini Terme, Italy, after a long period of failing health (not related to Covid-19), according to his son Mauro Maccioni.
Born on April 5, 1932 in Montecatini Terme, Italy, Maccioni immigrated to New York from Italy and worked at restaurants before opening Le Cirque in 1974.
Maccioni got his start at Oscar’s Delmonico as a waiter, eventually managing its dining room before graduating to the Colony.
But Sirio Maccioni is best remembered for opening one of the city’s top fine dining restaurants “Le Cirque” in March 1974, after selling La Forêt, a restaurant, lounge and nightclub, at the Pierre Hotel on Fifth Avenue in 1972.
#TBT Clintons & Trumps Le Cirque New York enjoying a circus themed dining room. Food's just as exciting to the palate as it is a feast to the eyes
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A parade of talented chefs, including Daniel Boulud, David Bouley, Geoffrey Zakarian, Jacques Torres, and Michael Lomonaco, spent time in Le Cirque’s kitchen.
How about this for a great #TBT photo: Sirio with his dear friend Paul Bocuse and #LeCirqueAlum Chef Daniel Boulud!
During its 43-year run, Sirio Maccioni moved Le Cirque twice, in 1997 to The Palace Hotel in midtown, and in 2006 in the Bloomberg Tower on East 58th Street.
Maccioni was known for his New York restaurant Le Cirquet and other ventures in New York, the Hamptons, Las Vegas, the Dominican Republic, New Delhi and Abu Dhabi, which were run with his wife, Egidiana, and sons Mario, Marco and Mauro.
Le Cirque is part of the 50 #LasVegas essential restaurant. Thank you @JohnCurtas #eatinglasvegas #MGM #Bellagio
Sirio Maccioni made many appearances on television and in film, including “Le Cirque: A Table in Heaven,” a 2007 American documentary film.
Sirio Maccioni published his autobiography, Sirio: The Story of My Life and Le Cirque with Bloomberg L.P.’s restaurant critic Peter Elliot, In June 2004.
Sirio Maccioni is survived by wife Egidiana (Palmieri) Maccioni, three sons — Marco, Mauro and Mario, two grandchildren and a sister, Clara Pieri.
Enjoying some family time at Le Cirque New York….Sabrina, Marco, Massimo, Egi and Sirio.
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