Nothing official has been announced, but reliable sources are telling us that Sirio Maccioni will be heading to the Pierre hotel and turning what is now Le Caprice into a restaurant called Sirio that will be designed by Adam Tihany.
As far as timing, we're hearing that La Caprice has been given six months before it has to vacate, which, if true, would conceivably mean Sirio could be built out over the slower summer months in time for a fall 2012 opening. As for what to expect from Sirio, we're willing to bet it would look a lot like the Sirio Ristorante that's currently operating in Las Vegas, which has a menu focused on classic Italian dishes like Caprese salad, Ossobuco, and simple pastas.
A rep for the Pierre told us she hadn't heard anything about the move (but didn't exactly deny the news, either), and
the Maccioni family didn't get back to us. (See update, below.) Given Maccioni's ever-expanding empire (a Le Cirque outpost opened in India in September), the established Sirio restaurant in Vegas, and the lukewarm reception La Caprice has gotten since opening — Adam Platt gave it two stars, Sam Sifton gave it none — this rumor sounds pretty solid to us. We'll keep you posted as we hear more.
Update: Mauro Maccioni confirms that has family has been in talks with the Pierre Hotel about taking over the Le Caprice space. "Nothing is settled, but we have been looking for a space in which to do a Sirio in New York, and we've been in discussions with the Pierre,'' Maccioni says. He adds that a New York version of the restaurant would be more upscale than the Las Vegas edition. "We would focus on Florentine and Tuscan dishes, like poached egg with whipped baccala and black truffles." As for the decor, Maccioni says the family is "looking at Italian imagery on the walls, like piazzas or a cafe or fish market.'' The biggest difference between a NYC Sirio and the Las Vegas version, Maccioni says, is that because it's actually in New York, diners can expect to see Sirio himself in the house.
Update 2: And now Marco Maccioni gets in touch. "They approached us because they are looking to make a change," he tells us. " We are a little hesitant to do another hotel, but if the deal is right, the Pierre would be beautiful.'' Sounds like even if Sirio isn't a done deal yet, Le Caprice's New York outpost isn't long for this world.