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Nello Balan

  1. Truffles!
    Nello Balan Sells $95,000 Truffle to Russian BillionaireIt weighed four pounds.
  2. London Calling
    Nello Balan Opening New Branch of Pointlessly Expensive Nello in LondonSometimes you just crave a nice bowl of spaghetti that costs $300 for no reason.
  3. Quote of the Day
    Nello Balan Wants to Save Soho“SoHo is almost dead,” says everybody’s favorite restaurateur.
  4. Lawsuits
    Celebrity Collage Artist Sues Nello for $1.8 MillionThe celebrity restaurateur is accused of stealing artwork.
  5. Mediavore
    Nello Balan Sued Over Tips; Venison Recipes From Brennan, FlayPlus: Donald Trump’s new lounge, and Kraft’s latest bid for Cadbury, all in our morning news roundup.
  6. Tax Break
    Hello NelloNello is open again after sorting out $1.8 million in unpaid taxes with the IRS.
  7. Mediavore
    Nello Balan Fined for Annoying Court; Bodegas Violate Health CodesBrewfest nightmare and smoking meat at home, in our daily news roundup.
  8. Mediavore
    Jay-Z’s People Said to Play Hardball; John Krasinki Plays Bartender at theJohn Krasinki of ‘The Office’ makes a guest appearance, Café des Artistes said to be on death’s door, and more, in our daily news roundup.
  9. Mediavore
    Pelaccio Fails Epicurious’s Crab Test; Brushstrokes Has a Cracked FoundationAndrew Knowlton just can’t get good crabs in New York, more bad news for Bouley, and a Nello hotel in the North Fork.
  10. Mediavore
    Nello Pissed at Model for Taking His Umbrella; Winner of ‘Next IronOh, Nello! Fiesty Mr. Balan is in his latest rage because he lent a model his $1,000 leather umbrella “because it was raining because I am a gentleman … Stop behaving like a boulevardier [street person] and a petite voleuse [petty thief]. You don’t give me the umbrella, I sue you,” which he is now doing because she returned it broken in two. [NYP] Related: A Model Breaks Nello’s Heart, Umbrella The newest Iron Chef is … Cleveland’s Michael Symon. [Serious Eats] Laurent Tourondel tells Bruni he enjoys dining most in Vietnam, but the influence in the recipes for his Thanksgiving spread is all French. [Diner’s Journal/NYT]
  11. Back of the House
    Nello Balan’s Delicious Scandal ContinuesThe war between plutocratic food pimp Nello Balan and not-so-starving artist Jerome Lucani continues to get better and better. We read some weeks ago of their tiff, based on Lucani’s claim that Balan was shaking him down, and Balan’s claim that Lucani, who looks like he couldn’t beat up Peter Braunstein, had threatened to kill him. Now the two have taken to the courts, with Nello filing criminal charges and both men taking out mutual orders of protection. Our question is, who’s going to protect us … against all this distracting entertainment? We’d sure rather read about Nello than write about him, or his preposterous restaurants. Fortunately, Daily Intel is doing all the hard work. French Artist: “I Fear Le Nello” [Daily Intel] Earlier: Nello Said to Teach Artist a Thing or Two About Overcharging
  12. Back of the House
    Nello Said to Teach Artist a Thing or Two About Overcharging Connoisseurs of bad art and worse restaurants will get a charge from a story in today’s Post about Nello Balan and his run-in with artist Jerome Lucani. There are so many levels of absurdity to this that it would take Nathaniel West to do it justice, but let’s start with the basics: Balan, who owns restaurants catering to stodgy plutocrats, allegedly agreed to front the money for Lucani to produce hideous celebrity photomontages in exchange for a 40 percent cut on sales. Lucani claims that Balan is “keeping [his] paintings hostage” and demanded a $500,000 fee plus a 50-50 split on sales. Now that’s how you do business!