Lady Gaga’s father’s Italian restaurant lambasted by critic

Steve Cuozzo wrote that 'you'll gag on the food at Gaga's'

The Italian restaurant opened this week in New York by Lady Gaga‘s father Joe Germanotta has been slated by a food critic who snuck into the opening night.

Press had been banned from attending the launch of Joanne, but Steve Cuozzo of the New York Post managed to get inside and taste the meals, which he compared to ‘airline food’.

In a review entitled ‘You’ll gag on the food at Gaga’s’, Cuozzo wrote that the appetisers took almost an hour to arrive and that “Grilled calamari with bitter greens and radicchio were the worst I’ve had in a lifetime of squid-mongering, the salad unseasoned and the calamari like leather.”

He started the piece by writing: “Forget ‘The Edge of Glory’ – on opening night, ‘Lady Gaga restaurant’ Joanne on West 68th Street was close to the edge of collapse… You don’t expect a brand-new eatery to be running on all cylinders. But Joanne, owned by the pop superstar’s parents, last night was running mainly on acrid-smelling burnt vinegar wafting intermittently through the raucous dining room.”

Lady Gaga was not present at the opening on Wednesday (February 1), but her musical collaborator Tony Bennett was.

Last month it was reported that Lady Gaga had apparently been advising Joe Germanotta on the menu at Joanne, which includes a lasagne with 10 layers, doughnuts made with Nutella, mini-martini cocktails and ‘Grandma Rosie’s Meatballs’, according to The Sun.

Lady Gaga also created art for the walls of the restaurant, which Joe Germanotta is running with American celebrity chef and former personal chef to Oprah Winfrey, Art Smith.