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More on George Fiorentino

I just found a book about The Colony Restaurant that is full of wonderful stories of the previous owner of DeJoux house. When the book was written, in 1945, George Fiorentino was a partner in the restaurant with Gene Cavallero a larger than life character with a whole chapter entitled "The portrait of the owner, Gene Cavallero, a most remarkable man" dedicated to him . At the end of the chapter is a single paragraph:

"One could not write a chapter on Gene's partner, George Fiorentino. I have known him for years but I know him little. While Gene is an extrovert, George is an introvert. He is a quiet man, and not very strong. Some time ago he was ill, but possessing a good constitution, he soon returned to the Colony, cured better than one of their famous Parma hams. After nearly thirty years of friendship he is still fascinated and mesmerized by Gene, and loves to have the latter dominate the stage. There are many habitues, though, who swear by quiet and gentle George. He is married to a French lady, and the childless couple live devotedly for each other. George's happiest day is Sunday. His wife is a famous cook, and all week long George, existing only on morsels, saves up his appetite to feast at home."


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