Cipriani’s Venice Bar Is Now Too Expensive for Ciprianis

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Financial backers of the Cipriani restaurant group have ousted patriarch Arrigo Cipriani at the family flagship in Venice and replaced him with a pair of completely un-fun-sounding "executives," the Guardian reports, because costs have grown so high that the restaurant cannot keep up with its expensive staff. "Their salaries are becoming very high," the elder Cipriani tells the paper. Management duties at Harry's Bar in Venice — where peach bellinis were invented and beef carpaccio was immortalized — will be turned over to two investment fund executives who aim to negotiate with the high-priced floor staff, though the 80-year-old Cipriani says he may still work the dining room, and he probably isn't into sharing tips. [Guardian UK]