One my absolute favorite possessions is a red-and-white checkered apron with the name “Maggiano’s Little Italy” embroidered in black block letters on the bib. I just feel more competent and authentically culinary when I’m wearing it in the kitchen.
I came by it honestly, in a promotional gift bag I received years ago. Whether or not reporters should keep anything no matter the value may be a debatable question, but I figured since I wasn’t writing a story about the restaurant and I gave away everything else in the bag and kept only the apron, I was probably OK. Anyhow, it’s not like I stole it. Which, as it turns out, isn’t as unusual as you might think, at least for some eateries.
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