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Why I Wear What I Wear: Alberto Tatti

© Michel Arnaud

In matters of style, the maître d’ at Amaranth—the bustling, very international boîte on Manhattan’s Upper East Side—stays loyal to his Italian roots.

Jacket Required

“I try not to think of my time at the restaurant as work. Amaranth feels more like a big dinner party with friends. So I always wear a blazer and prefer Domenico Vacca and Luigi Borrelli. They are both cut in the Neapolitan style with a soft shoulder—it’s elegant but not too formal.” Domenico Vacca, 212-759-6333. Luigi Borrelli, 212-644-9610.

National Pride

“I still have not found tapered tailored pants in America. When I’m back home in Como, I stock up at a store called York. In New York I buy Incotex or Borrelli trousers and fix them. Or Loro Piana. The tailor there, Umberto Carluccio, gets it exactly right.” York, 9 Via Giocondo Albertolli, Como, Italy; 39-031/278-041. Incotex at Barneys New York, 212-826-8900. Loro Piana, 821 Madison Ave.; 212-980-7961.

Off Duty

“When I’m not working, I trade my trousers for Ralph Lauren jeans and my shoes for vintage Frye boots or Adidas SL 72 Starsky & Hutch sneakers. And maybe a pair of Ray-Ban aviators.” Boots, What Comes Around Goes Around, 212-343-9303. Sneakers, adidas.com.

One Perfect Thing

“The only jewelry I ever wear is a watch. My latest is a vintage Rolex with a red face that I got at Barneys.” 660 Madison Ave.; 212-826-8900.

Tying the Knot

“I am very particular about my ties. I like the 7-Fold by Domenico Vacca with a big knot, worn—always—very loose at the collar.”

Amaranth is located at 21 East 62nd Street, New York (212-980-6700).