Back in 2006, Post critic Steve Cuozzo filed a column on Morimoto and Del Posto with the headline "Bum and Bummer." But that's not how restaurateur Joe Bastianich remembers it. In Joe's new book, which comes out next week, he rips into Cuozzo, claiming that the headline read "Dumb and Dumber."
Never mind that columnists don’t write headlines — the words that pushed him over the edge were not written by anyone. They never appeared in the New York Post, but only in Joe’s hypersensitive head...Why does Joe remember it wrongly? Did Mama Lidia beat him with a zabaglione whisk for the mess he made of Del Posto’s launch, when it was nearly evicted for violating its lease?
Cuozzo goes on to say that he has filed positive reviews of several Bastianich restaurants, and that Mario Batali and Mark Ladner have always been kind to him. He's even tried to make friendly with Joe, to no avail: "...when I congratulated Joe at the opening of his gourmet emporium Eataly a few years ago, he snarled at me as my wife looked on mystified, 'Thanks — are you going to kill me again?'" Do take a minute to read the entire Cuozzo rant in full.
· Cuozzo hits back at restaurateur’s slams [NYP]
· All Coverage of Joe Bastianich [~ENY~]
· All Coverage of Steve Cuozzo [~ENY~]