Did The Author of “The Waiter Rant” Work at Lanterna Tuscan Bistro?


A commenter over at Grub Street takes a pretty good guess that Steve Dublanica, the author of “The Waiter Rant,” worked at Lanterna Tuscan Bistro in Nyack.


(Rory Glaeseman/TJN) 

Here are a couple of descriptions of the restaurant, courtesy of Grub Street:

A small, 50-seat restaurant nestled in an artsy neighborhood somewhere in the New York area. A long rectangle tucked inside an old building… It has been open for about eight years….There’s a large window in the front.

All signs point to yes.

“Fluvio,” is an ex-chef in his late forties. He is married (once divorced). He opened a second restaurant about two years ago, and then another.

Chef-owner Rossano Giannini opened a second restaurant in Larchmont in 2006, but it has since closed.

 The menu features … spaghetti pomodoro.. (and) It’s “famous” for its rack of wild boar.

Well, not rack of wild boar, but it’s famous for its papardelle with cinghiale — or wild boar.

The Bistro was briefly identified after Russell Crowe visited it and a fan site revealed its name. However, the Waiter promptly convinced the site to edit out the name.

Hmmm. Russell Crowe? Lived in Nyack for a time. And then there’s this post, “Holy Shit, It’s Alice Baldwin!” The watier lists the other celebs he’s served:

Rich Little, Rosie O’Donnell, Bjork, Meryl Streep, William Hurt., Larry Mullen (from U2), Ellen Burstyn, Barry Bostwick, Alan Ruck, Joseph Bologna, Jack Klugman, Toni Morrison, William Baldwin, Judith Regan, and a bunch of notables whose names escape me.

Hmm? Those names sound awful familiar to Rocklanders, don’t they?

The blog describes the sous chef as being from Lucca; in fact, Rossano Giannini is from Lucca.

Still not sure? Well maybe you’ll recognize Steve himself? There’s a photo of him along with this interview in today’s NY Post. 

Grub Street.
Waiter Rant blog.


About Author

Liz Johnson is content strategist for The Journal News and lohud.com, and the founding editor of lohudfood, formerly know as Small Bites. As food editor, she won awards from the New York News Publishers Association, the Association of Food Journalists and the Associated Press. She lives in Nyack with her husband and daughter on a tiny suburban lot they call their farm — with fruit trees, an herb garden, and a yardful of lettuce, tomatoes, onions, shallots, cucumbers, zucchini, radishes, cabbage, peppers, Brussels sprouts and carrots and four big blueberry bushes.

1 Comment

  1. Its him definitely. But I love his blog, having worked in the industry for 20 years, its good to see a local make it big. Also its nice to have a voice of reason for the waiters of the world.

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