Their world-famous daughter has strutted her stuff in a dress made of raw top sirloin, but Lady Gaga’s parents are out to show food is more than a fashion statement.
When Joe and Cynthia Germanotta open their upper West Side restaurant Wednesday night they’ll be serving the Italian dishes their leggy daughter grew up eating.
Among the menu offerings at “Joanne’s Trattoria” will be Six-Layer Lasagna with Germanotta family pronto tomato sauce, “Papa Joe’s Chicken” and “Joanne’s Meatballs and Spaghetti with Sunday Gravy.”
“This has been a lifelong dream, and I couldn’t be happier that it’s finally happening,” Joe Germanotta, a former Internet entrepreneur, told the Daily News Tuesday.
The atmosphere is more laid back than baroque with a cozy fireplace, brick walls, a well-stocked bar and paintings of the Tuscan countryside.
Running the kitchen will be Southern-raised chef Art Smith, who used to be Oprah’s private chef until he met Lady Gaga.
Smith said he met Gaga at a taping of an Oprah show and he cooked her fried chicken and waffles backstage, the same dish he plans to serve at the restaurant on Sundays.
“This is truly a collaborative effort, inspired by the Germanotta’s family love of food and family,” Smith said. “Everything from the menu to the decor has a bit of their family in it. It’s why everything is so warm and approachable.”
Gaga’s mother, Cynthia, was busy Tuesday answering the phones, which were ringing off the hook with people wanting reservations. The place, just off Columbus Ave., is booked through the end of February.
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