Hilton quipped that the menu included “lockdown lasagna,” “pizza Wuhan,” and “triple-mask tiramisu,” but admitted the food was “delicious” and he had “a wonderful meal.”
“The service was great, it was [a] good value. It was a sweet place,” Hilton told Jesse Watters.
“You know, I left there thinking, ‘If only Fauci 10 years or so ago had decided to retire and focus on his restaurant investments, maybe there’d have been no pandemic at all’,” he added.
“That was his real calling, restaurateur, and I think we all hoped he would’ve followed that,” Watters replied.
Hilton said he had the chicken al gnocchi at the Italian-American Jackson Fillmore Trattoria in San Francisco, and dubbed the city “the home of the most extreme and crazy and unjustified lockdown in the country,” when noting he had to display his vaccine card to enter the restaurant.
The restaurant has masking measures and vaccination card protocols, Hilton noted.
“Also, there was a very interesting item on the menu that I was convinced was Italian for ‘gain of function’,” he quipped. “But I don’t know. We didn’t get to order that.”
Watters reported that the restaurant received a Paycheck Protection Program loan of over $100,000 in April 2020. The loan has been entirely forgiven.
Fauci is the nation’s highest-paid federal employee, with a net worth of over $10 million, Watters added. He is an investor in Jackson Fillmore Trattoria.
“We’re not trying to tell everybody, ‘Boycott the restaurant.’ Listen, the food looks good. It’s just ironic that Fauci is a restaurateur when he’s so busy bending the curve or whatever he wants to do.”