Metro Bis Restaurant
@ The Simsbury 1820 House
731 Hopmeadow St
Simsbury, CT, 06070
860.651.1908
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Lunch: 11:30 - 2:30pm
Dinner: 5:30 - 9:30pm
Monday - Saturday

id you notice the smiling woman who led you to your seat tonight, handed you a menu, and made sure you had a drink? No? Bet you noticed the chef, strolling through the dining room in his kitchen whites, and you eagerly sought his attention to compliment the food. The woman you ignored, however, was the chef’s wife, the restaurant’s co-owner, and without her, none of the divine meal you enjoyed would have been on the table. In WIFE OF THE CHEF Courtney Febbroriello blows the lid off the restaurant business with a vengeance, revealing exactly what’s going on in the kitchen - and the office - while oblivious customers out front are scarfing down crème brûlées.

Courtney Febbroriello (the wife) and her husband, Christopher Prosperi (the chef), own Metro Bis, a restaurant in Simsbury, Connecticut, that the New York Times called "stylish," "enticing," and "worth a detour." But good reviews, orderly service, and clean napkins don’t happen by themselves. And if you think the chef makes those decisions, you’d be wrong. WIFE OF THE CHEF is the other side of the story. In a no-holds-barred, part feminist, and often hilarious riposte to Kitchen Confidential, Courtney Febbroriello spills her guts on the inner workings of the restaurant business, from broken dishwashers and crabby customers (one even has to gall to complain that the soap in the men’s room is more appropriate for the women’s room) to labor laws, late nights, and the kitchen’s survival-of-the-fittest attitude. She details the everyday challenges she faces - bailing waiters out of jail, untangling the immigration laws, cajoling lazy suppliers, handling unreasonable customers, and a host of other emergency duties. She pokes fun at people who take food and wine - and the chef - too seriously, with witty comments on everything from "chef envy" to the much ballyhooed James Beard Awards.

WIFE OF THE CHEF is required reading for anyone who has ever said, "I'd love to own a restaurant," or "It must be great to be married to a chef!" (The apartment Courtney shares with Prosperi has an empty refrigerator and a dining table that’s never been used.) Witty, perceptive, and beautifully written, WIFE OF THE CHEF is part exposé and part memoir, with a generous serving of passion and a soupçon of controversy.

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