THE ICON: Roy Alciatore
THE LEGACY: Antoine Alciatore gave us the restaurant bearing his name. His son Jules gave us such classic dishes as oysters Rockefeller. But Roy Alciatore — son of Jules, grandson of Antoine — gave us something else. With an elegant bearing and a knack for theater, he had a firm grip on the “grand” part of the grand dining experience, using it to burnish Antoine’s reputation as one of the city’s most fashionable places to eat. He created the Rex room, where real royalty (the Duke and Duchess of Windsor) and faux royalty (Rex) dined. He even appeared as himself in Frances Parkinson Key’s 1948 novel “Dinner at Antoine’s.” For four decades, he was the public face of New Orleans’ most famous restaurant — which, through force of personality, he would only make more famous.
THE ARTIST: Michael McManus
THE INSPIRATION: “My grandfather transformed the see-and-be-seen-scene of Antoine’s into true fine dining. Roy is the one who gave Antoine’s its reputation.” — Antoine’s CEO and Roy Alciatore’s grandson Rick Blount, speaking to Zagat in 2014.