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This just in: Le Cirque, a dismal Dungeness harvest and Drago Centro


A few headlines from today's Times:

-- The view from the new Drago Centro is fine. An expanse of floor-to-ceiling windows looks across Flower Street to the Central Library building and the adjacent garden. At dinner recently, Celestino Drago was at the bar, pouring Prosecco for friends and generally showing off the crown jewel in his Italian restaurant portfolio. The silver-haired, Sicilian-born chef is usually found at one of his Westside restaurants -- Drago in Santa Monica or Il Pastaio and Enoteca Drago in Beverly Hills. But with this chic Italian newcomer, he's moving into the downtown L.A. scene. Read more from Times Restaurant Critic S. Irene Virbila here.

-- The charmingly bumptious "Le Cirque: A Table in Heaven," which premieres tonight on HBO, is an Italian American family comedy in the form of a documentary about a restaurant -- not your typical checked-tablecloth, candle-in-the-wine-bottle pasta and pizza place, either, but a formidable (and French-leaning) institution among the Manhattan upper crust for more than three decades. Director Andrew Rossi follows founder Sirio Maccioni, his wife Egidiana and their three sons -- Mario, Marco and Mauro -- as they close the second Le Cirque and open the third. Read more from Times Television critic Robert Lloyd.

And finally ...

-- An unusually weak Dungeness crab harvest is compounding the financial woes of West Coast fishermen who were already struggling with depressed consumer demand and the unprecedented collapse of the Pacific chinook salmon fishery. Read more here.

-- Rene Lynch

Photo credit: Ricardo DeAratanha / Los Angeles Times

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I saw the documentary, "Le Cirque: A Table in Heaven,"and loved it. I can recall eating at Le Cirque 2000 and though it was wonderful. Sirio came to the table and for a moment, I felt like royalty.

I am so glad that someone was smart enough to capture the real life of such an extraordinary man.


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