A leading New York restaurateur and Food Network personality is being treated like chopped liver by her former lawyer.
Donatella Arpaia Stewart, a regular on Food Network shows like “Iron Chef America” and “The Next Iron Chef” is accused of ignoring $27,000 in legal bills with the law firm Akabas & Sproule between 2009 and 2014.
“In plaintiff’s humble opinion, such a fine, accomplished and successful individual should pay her just debts,” the complaint snarks.
Arpaia has owned some of the city’s top foodie spots since the late 1990s, including Bellini, davidburke & donatella, Anthos and Mia Dona.
“Mr. Akabas has a very high opinion of Ms. Arpaia and feels certain these invoices just slipped through the cracks,” his attorney, David Bamberger, told The Post of the Manhattan Supreme Court lawsuit.
Arpaia did not respond to a request for comment.