Eater reports that Stephen Starr once again dined at Lucali pizzeria in Brooklyn, which he had previously visited on his pizza tasting escapade as part of his research dining for his upcoming pizzeria, Stella. A tipster told the site that Starr and his band of merry henchmen apparently “begged” head pizza maker Mark Iacono to hop on the Stephen Starr-sponsored NYC-to-Philly gravy train so many fellow New York chefs have ridden before him (Marcus Samuelsson, Paul Liebrandt, Masaharu Morimoto, Alfred Portale, Douglas Rodriguez). Iacono apparently declined, despite the lure of being presented with multiple Starr gift cards. We know times are tough, Stephen, but maybe he’d prefer to be paid in cash for his services?
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