Published on June 01, 2022 at 2:12 p.m.
A meat steak and a caprese salad… without tomatoes. Here is the go-to lunch ordered by Anna Wintour on a regular basis at the Palm restaurant, located a stone’s throw from the Condé Nast premises. A surprising request, since the Italian salad in question contains only three ingredients, namely mozzarella, basil and tomatoes, all seasoned with a drizzle of olive oil.
Scandalized by this discovery, journalist Emilia Petrarca wanted to test the meal in question. “As an Italian, I am offended. As a journalist, I am captivated. writes the young woman for “Grub Street”, the culinary blog of “New York Magazine”. A meal that cost him the tidy sum of $77.33, or just over €70.
On twitter, the opinions seem mixed. Many surprised Internet users were quick to express their astonishment, while some admit to being enthusiastic about the idea. For others, “it’s just a fancy way to order mozzarella.”
A sense of deja vu
According to Amy Odell, author of Anna Wintour’s biography, lunch was collected by her second assistant, in a ceramic dish provided by the restaurant. The food was then prepared by another assistant, on a different plate, within the Condé Nast premises. “You know how in ‘The Devil Wears Prada’ we see the assistants tossing the plate into an office sink? writes Odell in the 430-page book. “More recently, the plate was wrapped and sent back to the Palm […]. »
A detailed biography
To write her book, Amy Odell, American journalist, would have appealed to more than 250 different sources, all more or less close to Anna Wintour. Odell specifies that two distinct sources would have validated the components of this singular meal, but that the latter preferred to remain anonymous. Lunch was regularly ordered by Wintour 5 or 6 years ago, but the author does not clarify if the information is still current.
Specific eating habits
Miranda Books, Anna Wintour’s landscape designer, reportedly confessed that tomatoes aren’t the only food the editor-in-chief omits from her daily meals. According to the biography, Miranda Books would have tried to convince the 72-year-old New Yorker to plant a vegetable garden in the garden of her 16-hectare property on Long Island. The Condé Nast artistic director reportedly refused, implying that she didn’t like vegetables. This explains that.