Mob Associate Called CEO of Cipriani; Yet Another Fall Preview

Colombo-crime family associate Dennis Pappas signed leases for Cipriani USA as the CEO of the restaurant group, but was surprisingly left off contracts submitted to the SLA. [NYP]

By the time Craig Hopson unveils his new menu in January, One if by Land, Two if by Sea will have undergone a complete renovation, building on a color scheme of chocolate and watermelon. [Restaurant Girl]

The fall openings include all the usual suspects. [Strong Buzz]
Related: Where the Underground Gourmet Will Be Eating [NYM]

White Castles across the city have undergone major construction including repaving properties in response to rat-infested restaurant media. [NYT]

A new cookbook, Sweety Pies: An Uncommon Collection of Womanish Observations, With Pie, claims that what a woman cooks is a revelation of who the woman is: what she thinks, how she behaves, what she values, and how she lives her life. [The Grinder/Chow]

Barack Obama partied at Oprahs on Saturday and ate a deluxe cut of beef prepared by Dame Winfreys personal chef and new restaurant owner Art Smith. [Mouthing Off]

A cornfield grows in Park Slope. [NYT]

Even doughnut-shop employees are tough in Long Island: One yanked the gun out of the hands of a potential burglar. [NYP]