Mario Carbone Shares the Key to Getting a Reservation at His Restaurants – The Wall Street Journal

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Mario Carbone is famous for his spicy rigatoni vodka. But the chef has set his sights far beyond pasta. 

With 25 restaurants around the country, he and his partners Rich Torrisi and Jeff Zalaznick have established a hospitality empire that includes a luxury apartment building, Villa Miami; a private members’ club, ZZ’s, which charges a $20,000 application fee; and a consumer-goods brand, Carbone Fine Food, which launched in 2021 and introduced jars of his famous spicy vodka sauce earlier this year. Carbone, 43, said he hoped hotels were in the future.

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