Lady Gaga has been lending her star power to help promote her parents’ New York City restaurant, but critics have not had positive things to say about the venue, and now they have the Department of Health on their side.
Gaga, who has recently been receiving a great deal of tabloid attention for putting on some weight, used the publicity as an opportunity to plug the restaurant. Rather than dodging the claims, the “Born This Way” singer admitted to gaining 25lbs and blamed her parents’ cooking.
'I love eating pasta and pizza. I’m a New York Italian girl. That’s why I have been staying out of New York. My father opened a restaurant. It's so amazing,” said the pop star. 'It’s so freaking delicious, but I’m telling you I gain five pounds every time I go in there. So my dad wants me to eat at the restaurant, and I’m, like, I’ve got to go where I can drink green juice.'
But unfortunately for Lady Gaga’s parents, Joseph and Cynthia Germanotta, their daughter’s glowing review has not been echoed by the public.
Since the opening of Joanne Trattoria in February, the restaurant has been overwhelmed by a deluge of negative responses from critics and amateur restaurant reviewers alike. Steve Cuozzo, who dined at the restaurant on its opening, described it as being “close to the edge of collapse” in a review for the NY Post.
Leo Carey, a critic for The New Yorker, was a little less harsh but called the fare far from healthy. In his review of a chicken dish that had been described on the menu as “Art’s healthy selection of the day,” Carey wrote, “it was as if the dish had been dreamt up to discredit the idea of healthy food altogether.”
Joanne was officially “deathwatched” in August by the food blog NY Eater, after a diner posted a devastating review of the establishment. “I have never had a worse meal or a worse experience in my entire life,” began the review. “The highlights included: Waiting 1.5 hours for my food to arrive cold…a fellow patron vomiting in the middle of the restaurant…and then every diner staring at vomit on the floor for 10 minutes while we waited for someone to clean it up”
In the latest turn of events for the restaurant, a Department of Health inspector recently awarded Joanne a ‘C’ health grade, after being found in violation of 42 points.
Travis Jones, the restaurant’s general manager said the owners planned to dispute the grade. “We’re going to be taking it to court,” said Jones. “So, it’s bogus until November, when it’s finalized.”