The restaurant's owner claims Mariani took an expensive, custom made wine list. Mariani denies it, and delivers a "rant" against the restaurant, per Eater. The owner responds, in part:
I am certain, however, that he wrote all over our wine list and took it out of the restaurant (it wasn't hefty as he infers) with him as I personally watched it happen. He only dined there that one time.
"His comments are so over the top, inaccurate, and ad hominem that the entire thing is pretty see-through.
The Wine Book