Appetizers
November 30, 2006
Piatti and Pelosi

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After I recently updated my reviews of the two local branches of Ristorante Piatti, a couple of readers asked why I hadn't mentioned that House Speaker-designate Nancy Pelosi is a part-owner of the chain. Well, I didn't know she was, and even if I did I'm not convinced her stake in the restaurants would be relevant to a review.

As it turns out, Pelosi specifically isn't a partner in the Piatti chain, though her husband, Paul Pelosi, owns "less than 10 percent" of the group, says Jennifer Crider, spokeswoman for the congresswoman.

Paul Pelosi also is part owner of the posh Napa Valley resort Auberge du Soleil, says Crider. She knew less of the Pelosis' other property interest in the Napa Valley, a seven-acre vineyard that has prompted conservative commentators online and elsewhere to question why Rep. Pelosi, a longtime supporter of union causes and recipient of union funds, doesn't employ unionized farm laborers for her wine-grape operation. The matter looks to be much ado about nothing much, to judge by the most lucid and balanced report I've seen on the issue, telecast by KGO TV of San Francisco, which can be found here.

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