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♦ Mirco del Vecchio, the executive chef of Ago, says he'll sue Robert De Niro for breach of contract if he's replaced at the restaurant by Jean-Georges Vongerichten. [Page Six]
♦ Why is Alain Ducasse's Benoit earning such bad reviews? Ducasse blames American journalists who "don't quite understand French bistro." [RG]
Ruth Reichl paid an early visit to David Bouley's recently-relocated Bouley and describes it as New York's "loveliest restaurant." [Gourmet]
♦ The reservation line is officially open for John Dory, the Brit-themed restaurant by April Bloomfield, Ken Friedman, Mario Batali and Joe Bastianich that is scheduled to open on November 24th. [Eater]

♦ The Daily News' Danyelle Freeman visits Cipolla Rossa this week and finds herself surprised to find "such serious cooking from such a chintzy-looking restaurant." [NYDN]
♦ Commerce is opening for brunch beginning this weekend. [GS]
♦ A comprehensive guide to eating out on Thanksgiving. [Metromix]
♦ Photos and gossip from last night's pre-opening party at Shang. [GS, Eater]