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Bros., Lecce: We eat at the worst Michelin starred restaurant, ever

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  1. [3]
    Akir
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    It took me a while to figure out that this wasn't an articles by brothers from the Lecce family. This writing on this piece is fantastic. I love all of the subtle bits of humor sprinkled...

    It took me a while to figure out that this wasn't an articles by brothers from the Lecce family.

    This writing on this piece is fantastic. I love all of the subtle bits of humor sprinkled throughout it. And I particularly love how the author repeats certain actions, just so you get that sense of tedium and repetition that they were going through. The whole thing was like an episode of Kitchen Nightmares.

    9 votes
    1. [2]
      FishFingus
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      Speaking of, this wonderful story reminded me of an a review I read online of an episode of that show.

      Speaking of, this wonderful story reminded me of an a review I read online of an episode of that show.

      4 votes
      1. Luna
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        I'm jealous of the author of that article's innocence. While I agree that the editing of Kitchen Nightmares (US - UK version is much better in this regard) is generally awful and tries to make...

        I'm jealous of the author of that article's innocence. While I agree that the editing of Kitchen Nightmares (US - UK version is much better in this regard) is generally awful and tries to make people look worse than they actually are for the sake of bullshit drama, "The real-life Joe Nagy is surely far closer to a reasonable human being than the Joe of this episode" is very unlikely to be true. I have had the misfortune of dealing with full-blown narcissists before at work, and Joe is just them but with food.

        If Joe was actually well-adjusted and just hamming it up for the camera, he should be given a fucking Oscar for that performance. Especially the way he would dig in his heels at obvious contradictions whenever they would make him look bad (like the "fresh catch of the day" being caught several days prior), I'm going to use this man whenever I need an example of how narcissism plays out. (Not that Amy's Baking Company is a bad example, but this is more in line with what I've experienced.)

        One remarkable triumph of Kitchen Nightmares is that over the course of its six-year run on primetime network television, its producers managed to keep finding restaurant owners who didn't understand the show or how it worked. Gordon will not visit your restaurant, shower you with compliments, shake your hand, and leave. That is never, ever how this show has worked.

        This is such a good observation, but I think I can see the thought process for Joe: "Ramsay will come here expecting a disaster, then bow to my cooking prowess and tell me how to attract the clientele I deserve (by telling me to keep doing what I'm already doing, but harder). Then I get a payout AND fame - bam, easy money."

        4 votes
  2. [2]
    spit-evil-olive-tips
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    the restaurant responded to the review (at the very bottom, the rest of the article is just summarizing / rehashing the review) it's...uh...it's 3 pages long and drawings of horses feature...

    the restaurant responded to the review (at the very bottom, the rest of the article is just summarizing / rehashing the review)

    When asked for comment, a Bros' rep responded with the following extremely on-brand "Declaration by Chef Floriano Pellegrino," which we are reprinting in its entirety, as they asked:

    it's...uh...it's 3 pages long and drawings of horses feature prominently.

    What is art? What if food? What is a chef? What is a client? What is good taste? What looks beautiful?

    What is a man on a horse?

    9 votes
    1. Thra11
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      Ah the old, "Art doesn't have to appeal to everyone, therefore I can claim to be an artist, and if you don't think my 'art' is good, that just proves my point".

      Ah the old, "Art doesn't have to appeal to everyone, therefore I can claim to be an artist, and if you don't think my 'art' is good, that just proves my point".

      8 votes
  3. [2]
    mat
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    Hmm. Does read a bit like a combination of the restaurant having a bad day and the diners not really understanding haute cuisine. Asking when "the main" is coming when you know you're having a 27...

    Hmm. Does read a bit like a combination of the restaurant having a bad day and the diners not really understanding haute cuisine. Asking when "the main" is coming when you know you're having a 27 course tasting menu is fairly gauche. But then that sort of pompous service where you tell off customers is shitty too (sadly it is a Thing at a certain type of restaurant which I try to avoid). It is a funny write up though.

    I checked the guide to see what they said and turns out Bros isn't Lecce's only Michelin starred restaurant, there's also Primo. Bros's food sounds interesting though. I like that kind of modernist stuff. Not everyone does.

    3 votes
    1. Akir
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      I thought the "main" comment was a kind of underhanded way of saying "are you actually going to feed us"? I can easily get behind the whole "dining as an experience" thing, which, given the fact...

      I thought the "main" comment was a kind of underhanded way of saying "are you actually going to feed us"?

      I can easily get behind the whole "dining as an experience" thing, which, given the fact that you get to meet the chef afterwords, this definately counts for. The thing I can't stand behind is dealing with rotten servers while you wait for single bites of food over the course of four and a half hours and still not have enough food to quench your hunger. I mean, if you go to Mideval Times and don't have a fulfilling dinner, you didn't have the full experience.

      9 votes
  4. Staross
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    This looks terrible, I went to a 1 star this summer and it was sooo good.

    This looks terrible, I went to a 1 star this summer and it was sooo good.

    2 votes
  5. scrambo
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    The original review got some solid giggles out of me. They have a great writing style, I enjoyed it in its entirety. Shame they had to go through such an experience for me to get this in return!

    The original review got some solid giggles out of me. They have a great writing style, I enjoyed it in its entirety. Shame they had to go through such an experience for me to get this in return!

    2 votes
  6. Bullmaestro
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    If this is a Michelin star restaurant then every Wetherspoon's deserves 3 stars.

    If this is a Michelin star restaurant then every Wetherspoon's deserves 3 stars.

    1 vote