“Da Silvano is like a club,” shrugged Barry Kieselstein-Cord, who hosted a book party for Silvano Marchetto’s first cookbook, “Da Silvano Cookbook: Simple Secrets from New York’s Favorite Italian Restaurant,” at his Upper East side townhouse on Tuesday night. Kieselstein-Cord is a regular, of course — and has been since Marchetto opened his doors to the rich, fabulous and famous in 1975.
“Silvano even came to my wedding a year ago,” continued Kieselstein-Cord.
“If he knows you, you’ll always get a great meal,” added Mary Boone, who along with guests Mary McFadden, Griffin Dunne and Terre Blair-Hamlisch, is part of “the club.” Newly minted member Monica Lewinsky also popped in.
As Marchetto circulated through the room greeting his customers with his part-English part-Italian trill, Nicole Miller expounded on the restaurateur’s success.
“His charm,” she said. “And he never gives you a free drink.”
On Monday night, “The Shipping News” starring Kevin Spacey and Julianne Moore made its New York premiere at the Ziegfeld. Surprise guests Miss Teen USA Marissa Whitley and Miss Universe Denise Quinones arrived in full regalia — and gained instant access to the red carpet.
“The sashes are like our American Express cards,” said Whitley.
Meanwhile, Moore, Revlon’s new spokesmodel, chatted about her latest project, the Todd Haynes film “Far From Heaven.”
“We’re wrapping this week,” said Moore, who’s five months pregnant. But does Haynes love Moore enough to give her a bootleg copy of “Superstar: The Karen Carpenter Story,” his 1982 underground biopic of the ill-fated singer’s life reenacted entirely through Barbie dolls?
“Yes I have a copy of it, but I’m not lending it out,” Moore confessed. “Todd gave it to me.”