Being a father of seven sounds like a job for a superhero. Add managing a few restaurants to the mix, though, and you’ve got a job for Daniel Cipriani. While there’s little doubt that Dan's wife Lindsey (who also happens to be a birth doula) holds the real superpowers, we couldn’t help but stand in awe of his ability to wrangle the tribe while joining their family for after school snacks at his restaurant Lodge. Noogies and buffalo wings were dished out in equal measure, and the “beautiful chaos” that ensued was just right for our latest Fit Profile. Here's a look at Dan's full plate, as well as his answers to a few of the "big if's" in life.
If you had to wear one outfit as your “uniform” for the rest of your life, what would it be?
Dark denim, a well-worn white v-neck, and dirty checkered Vans.
If you had a free ticket to any one event in history, what would it be?
Grassy Knoll, Dealey Plaza, Dallas, Texas at 12:30 pm on Nov 22, 1963. I want know the truth once and for all.
If you could transplant your life anywhere, where would you go?
Little Compton, Rhode Island. Picture Montauk without the crowds and farmland butting up to pristine beaches.
If you could speak any foreign language fluently enough to write poetry in, which language would it be?
Italian, without doubt. I remember as a kid when all the cool old men in my neighborhood had something important or exciting to say, they would switch to Italian.
If you could give advice to a younger version of yourself, what would it be?
I think this was in the Matt Damon movie, We Bought A Zoo: "You know, sometimes all you need is twenty seconds of insane courage. Just literally twenty seconds of just embarrassing bravery. And I promise you, something great will come of it."
If you were giving a Nobel Prize acceptance speech, who would you thank?
I'd give thanks to all the weirdos who took their own path to make beauty happen and made me feel alright about who I am. To name a few: Miki Dora, Joey Ramone, Jay Adams, Charles Bukowski, Andy Warhol, and Stanley Kubrick.
If you could replace your non-dominant hand with anything, what would it be?
A classic pirate hook—what else?
If a huge meteor was going to crash into the earth tomorrow, what would you do with your last big day?
Load my wife kids and pets on our boat, remembering to bring all our favorite food, drink, and music. Then sail east until the sun sets. We would fish, swim, eat, drink, and dance. I would do every silly dad trick I know to keep them laughing until it was night, and then I would read Peter Pan out loud to them until we fell asleep together in a pile.