September 8, 2009

Incanto: Leg of a BEAST! (SF)

by CJ Mattiola

My buddy Tom and I had been talking about going to the infamous Leg of a Beast at Incanto for a very long time. One lazy afternoon while bbqing outside we decided to call and make the reservation. Incanto’s Leg of Beast includes the preparation of an entire beef shank with all the delicious tendon […]

January 16, 2009

Grand Re-Opening of Il Punto (NYC)

by Payman Bahmani

This past Tuesday I had the privilege of attending the grand re-opening of Il Punto Ristorante, formerly named Osteria Gelsi. Guests were treated to a generous sampling of the restaurant’s authentic Italian fare, as wine, prosecco, and cocktails flowed free like the Tiber River itself. As is my nature, upon entry I immediately shot to […]

August 28, 2008

Becco (Melbourne)

by Erin Gleeson

I was recently in Australia and had the pleasure of shooting at Becco, a classy Italian restaurant in downtown Melbourne. They say their menu is designed to recreate the old style of 1950’s Italian fine dining. The interior is chic, simple and comfortable and it’s always fun to be able to see into an exposed […]

May 7, 2008

Veniero Shut Down By DOH

by Kayoko Akabori

Eater reports the shutting down of the old school, million-year old East Village Italian sweet shop institution. Stay strong Venny! Don’t let them get you down! Just put out some mouse traps and call it a day! I have said it before, and I will say it again: FUCK THE DOH. Here’s my post on […]

April 15, 2008

Tea Time at Veniero (NYC)

by Kayoko Akabori

Veniero is an East Village institution- una pasticceria (pastry shop) that makes the best cheesecake in the city. I say this with certainty. I’m reading that it’s been in the same building since 1894, owned and operated by the Veniero family the entire time!!! Now that is incredible. There’s even a sign on the corner […]

March 19, 2008

A Night Out at Babbo, Pt. II

by Kayoko Akabori

Preface: A Night Out at BabboCalifornia Soul: Osteria Mozza (LA) To celebrate Christi’s bday the other night, we went to Babbo. I would be too embarrassed to blog this–regularly patronizing such the hype machine that Batali is–but the food was just too good not to share with you. We walked in without a reservation- figured […]

March 4, 2008

California Soul: Osteria Mozza (LA)

by Kayoko Akabori

I’m sorta embarrassed to admit it, but seems that I have a Mario Batali obsession. But let me preface this entry by saying that we weren’t even supposed to go to Mozza- we had reservations at Campanile, but my flight got in too late so we had to cancel. Sara said they were being buttholes […]

February 11, 2008

Mangiamo 2007: A Night in Assisi

by Kayoko Akabori

Ok, I know this is ridiculous– even though it’s been months since I went to Italy, I still feel the need to finish blogging my fantastic eats (my computer with all my Italy pics died a few months ago, but we’re back!). Probably one of my best meals ever in 2007 was in Assisi, at […]

January 12, 2008

A Night Out at Babbo

by Kayoko Akabori

This post is dedicated to my lady Christi. So this post defies my rule of “not writing about a restaurant unless I’ve been to it at least twice” (traveling not included), but this reservation was too hard to get, and this place being so acclaimed and all, I figure that this meal can be exempt […]

May 17, 2007

The Manifold Path to Lasagne Enlightenment

by Irwin Chen

It all started with this recipe in 101cookbooks, which I love, but whose hype I had never succumbed to until one day last weekend, when I decided to make Aya a bon voyage lasagne (my girl loves her some lasagne) before her trip to Wiener-ville. It’s a masochistic lasagne, a fact we learned later in […]