A private banquet dinner, a reality-TV star, and a tweet showing a Nazi salute have placed a DC Italian restaurant in the center of controversy. Maggiano's Little Italy hosted a dinner Friday for a group that had a conference in DC the next day, apparently without knowing the group was the National Policy Institute, known for its white nationalist members, Washington City Paper and the Washington Post report. How the restaurant became clued in: a protest against NPI that formed at the eatery, followed by dinner attendee Tila Tequila sending out a tweet showing herself and two men performing the Nazi salute along with the caption "Seig [sic] heil!" Tequila's Twitter account was suspended Monday, Twitter confirmed to BuzzFeed, though it didn't elaborate.
Maggiano's posted on Facebook Monday the dinner had been a "last minute booking" and that NPI had used a different name on the reservation. The restaurant also railed against Tequila's tweet, saying, "This expression of support of Hitler is extremely offensive to us, as our restaurant is home to Teammates and Guests of every race, religion, and cultural background." It says it's donating all profits from Friday's sales—$10,000—to DC's Anti-Defamation League. The Tab caught up to Tequila at the airport, where she claimed she and her photo mates were "just trolling everyone," adding, "I think it's so funny to get a rise out of people who are so easily triggered by things like that." (Read more Tila Tequila stories.)