How Selvaggio Salvaged Valentino

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Piero Selvaggio Photo: Hadley Tomicki

"You know when sometimes there is a revelation - a moment of real stop and go in life. For me that was when a customer told me ‘you are absolutely a dancer, absolutely charming, absolutely what somebody wants to see floating on the floor of the restaurant, but your food is terrible.’ That made me realize I couldn’t continue with just smoke - I had to really, really learn and practice what I didn’t know." - Piero Selvaggio, who helped open his restaurant Valentino, now an empire of upscale Italian, with $4,500 and a menu of baked clams and fettuccini alfredo. [Forbes]