Some of New York City’s swankiest Italian restaurants are decreasing or completely cutting out the use of garlic because people are worried about their breath.
Thomas Makkos, the owner of Nello, a celebrity favourite on the Upper East Side, told the New York Post that the customers had complained that “it was smelly and gassy.”
He also said he banned the pungent ingredient in the Summer of 2020 and cited face mask usage.
“Imagine eating a meal with garlic and putting a mask on. You’re breathing your own bad breath." Some regular customers miss the garlic, and the kitchen will accommodate them.
The outlet also spoke with Nicola Fedeli, an executive chef of a northern Italian restaurant Fasano in Midtown. Fedeli said he rarely uses garlic for the cuisine, and cooking with minced garlic isn’t that Italian.