(CNN) – The famous restaurant owner and founder of Le Cirque, Sirio Maccioni, died at the age of 88, according to his son.
Le Cirque is a hot spot for people like Ronald and Nancy Reagan and Frank Sinatra, according to Marco Maccioni.
Maccioni died in his hometown of Montecatini, Italy, on Monday morning in his sleep, his son added. He has suffered from dementia for the past few years, according to his son.
Le Cirque’s contract expires at the end of 2018 and Maccioni’s sons want to reopen Le Cirque on Manhattan’s East Side once again to honor their father when the coronavirus pandemic allows for that.
“He is very proud of his work and he loves New York,” Marco told CNN. “But after all, his greatest achievement is not a restaurant, it is a father and I am very fortunate to be his son.”
Maccioni left his three sons, Mario, Marco, and Mauro, and his wife, Egidiana and their five grandchildren.
Maccioni influenced many chefs who are now famous
While Le Cirque and Sirio Maccioni are known to host many famous faces, they also helped launch the careers of many chefs, such as Daniel Boulud, David Bouley, Jacques Torres, and Geoffrey Zakarian.
“I am indebted to him for all his respect and admiration for everything he has done for me and my career as a chef. No one in this business is more elegant, smart, and confident in managing the #lecirque dining room,” Boulud alludes to a picture . from Maccioni.
“Sirio Maccioni on the far left in the suit has run the most sophisticated and famous restaurant for more than 30 years,” it read. “Those who passed his door learned about food, hospitality and family directly from him, the one and only.”
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