“We’re very Italian,” he told Fine Dining Lovers in an interview in 2014, “everything that is Italian is the best”.
Indeed, according to Maccioni, had fate played out differently he would have been very happy to have seen his restaurant named ‘Il Circo’ and it would have served the finest Italian cuisine.
He didn’t though, instead he opened a restaurant serving classic French cuisine, which Maccioni believed he could replicate easily and consistently in what he thought would be his French brasserie.
Back in 1974, Italian cuisine didn’t really have the reputation it does today and French cuisine was the gold standard.
While the original Le Cirque closed its doors in 2017, Sirio Maccioni together with his wife Egidiana and his sons Mario, Marco, and Mauro built a restaurant empire and while there is currently no New York branch of the brand, it has travelled to Las Vegas, New Delhi and Dubai.
It is understood that Maccioni's death was not related to COVID-19.