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2011_07_orsinis.jpgArmando Orsini the restaurateur behind 60's celeb favorite Orsini's died last night. Per the Times obit: "Mr. Orsini’s sense of stagecraft, which he employed in creating a communal and open-house atmosphere with carefully maintained E-ZPass lanes for his V.I.P.’s, extended to waiters in formal attire, red velvet walls, chandeliers and muted candlelight, and to Mr. Orsini’s personal dedication to kissing the knuckles of preferred female patrons." [NYT]