HOME AND AWAY
MANHATTAN’S venerable Pierre Hotel has replaced its ground-floor Caprice restaurant (which surely I spotted as a lunchtime backdrop in the latest Richard Gere flick, Arbitrage) with Sirio Ristorante New York, a member of the Maccioni group and its third venture in New York City. That astonishingly busy interior designer Adam Tihany has done the refit, ‘‘inspired by Federico Fellini’s La Dolce
and Italy in the 1950s and 60s’’, and in charge of the stoves is Tuscan-born chef Filippo Gozzoli, formerly of the Michelin two-star restaurant Arquade at Villa del Quar in Verona and Park Hyatt Milan. The Pierre, on the Upper East Side overlooking Central Park, is a Taj Hotels property and it’s hard to imagine a more comfortable nest. My stay last year, in Room 3807, was a fantasy of Frette bed linens, billowing curtains, springy carpets and hillocks of Bangalore silk cushions. What a thrill, too, that several scenes from the telly hit Mad Men have been set in the hotel. And if you aim for the cocktail hour in Two E Bar/Lounge off the lobby, you might just succumb to a bikini martini, named in honour of shapely Christina Hendricks ( Mad Men’s Joan Harris). The same deeply cushioned venue offers afternoon tea from 3pm to 5pm — go for the ginger scones with lemon curd and double cream. More: tajhotels.com.