Nicole Miller Escapes Death at Le Cirque

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At last nights premiere of the upcoming HBO documentary, Le Cirque: A Table in Heaven, designer Nicole Miller recalled a near-death experience at the restaurant. Some editor from Avenue or somebody invited me out to lunch. I've never had any allergies, said Miller. My eyes started tearing, I can't breathe, I can't talk. I'm choking, I can't even drink any water. And then the waiter came along and picked up the flowers and I was fine. It was the weirdest thing that ever happened to me. Miller, who has traveled with the Maccioni family, never told them about the incident. I don't think I ever mentioned I almost choked to death on their flowers, she said. She returns to the restaurant frequently in hopes that Mauro will serve her favorite dish: toast with lard and white truffle. Ive never seen it on the menu.