When Marco Pietro Griffero Jr. worked the front of the house at Pietro's Restaurant, he wore a suit and tie and his trademark wingtip shoes. He called the busboys laddie or laddie boy — they turned over too frequently for him to remember their names. He loved to dim the dining room's lights.
Was it too dark? "Well," he would say to a complaining diner, "as long as the food smells good, you don't need to see it." Mr. Griffero died Wednesday (June 22, 2016) of complications from pneumonia and Parkinson's disease at Mary Queen & Mother Center. He was 87.