Sirio Maccioni

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Sirio Maccioni
Born(1932-04-05)April 5, 1932
DiedApril 20, 2020(2020-04-20) (aged 88)
Culinary career

Sirio Maccioni (April 5, 1932 – April 20, 2020) was an Italian restaurateur and author known for opening Le Cirque.[1]


Maccioni got his start at Oscar's Delmonico, Delmonico's. Owner Oscar Tucci once stated "Sirio and with Tony May will be some of the greatest restaurateurs, that will come out of Delmonico's." Maccioni was featured in Le Cirque: A Table In Heaven, a 2007 American documentary film.[2]

He was awarded the Impresario dell’Anno (Entrepreneur of the Year) award at Affreschi Toscani. Maccioni was known for Le Cirque, his award-winning flagship French restaurant and other ventures in New York City, Las Vegas, the Dominican Republic, New Delhi and Abu Dhabi, which were run with his wife Egidiana “Egi” and sons Mario, Marco and Mauro.

In June 2004 Maccioni published his autobiography, Sirio: The Story of My Life and Le Cirque with Bloomberg L.P.'s restaurant critic Peter Elliot. On television, he was featured as a guest judge on Top Chef, the 48th Annual Miss Universe Pageant and as himself in Charlie Rose, Behind Closed Doors and Eat This New York.[3] Maccioni and his family were also featured in a behind-the-scenes documentary film Le Cirque: A Table in Heaven, which details Le Cirque’s 2006 move from the Palace Hotel to the Bloomberg building on East 58th St.[4] Maccioni and several recipes from his restaurants are featured in Egidiana Maccioni’s The Maccioni Family Cookbook.[5] In 2012, Sirio Maccioni authored A Table at Le Cirque with Pamela Fiori published by Rizzoli.

Maccioni has been credited as the creator of pasta primavera, though that attribution has been challenged.[6]

Personal Life[edit]

Maccioni was married to Egidiana Maccioni and the couple have three sons: Mario, a graduate of New York University, Marco, a graduate of Cornell University School of Hotel Administration, and Mauro, a graduate of Columbia University.[7][8][9]




  1. ^ Bruni, Frank (February 6, 2008). "In Defense of Decadence". The New York Times. Retrieved February 24, 2008.
  2. ^ "Le Cirque: A Table In Heaven". The New York Times. 2008-12-26.
  3. ^ "Sirio Maccioni: Chef and Culinary Personality". 2007-09-17. Archived from the original on 2010-12-28. Retrieved 2008-10-22.
  4. ^ Grove, Lloyd. "The World According to Sirio Maccioni". Retrieved 2008-10-23.
  5. ^ The Maccioni Family Cookbook. Egi Maccioni (Author), Peter Kaminsky (Author), Elizabeth Zeschin (Photographer). Publisher: Harry N. Abrams (October 1, 2003) ISBN 1-58479-288-4
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  7. ^ Hamlin, Suzanne (1996-01-10). "Passing The Toque: For a New Generation, Hospitality Is Destiny (Published 1996)". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2020-10-16.
  8. ^ "The Fabulous Maccioni Boys". Departures. Retrieved 2020-10-16.
  9. ^ Dai, Serena (2020-04-20). "Legendary Le Cirque Restaurateur Sirio Maccioni Has Died". Eater NY. Retrieved 2020-10-16.
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  11. ^ "". Archived from the original on 2010-04-13. Retrieved 2010-05-05.
  12. ^ List of Living Landmarks[permanent dead link]
  13. ^ a b Sirio Maccioni Named Beard Foundation Lifetime Achievement Award Honoree for 2014
  14. ^ LaVecchia, Gina (2000-02-01). "Maccioni honored with Joe Baum award". Retrieved 2008-10-22.
  15. ^ Le Cirque 2000's Maccioni named 2003 Fine Dining Legend Winner

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