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Mario Batali's Favorite Italian Restaurants in the U.S.

Food & Wine asks Mario Batali: What are your favorite Italian restaurants in the US?

Salumi, Seattle

Salumi, Seattle

© Bob Peterson

"Salumi is run by my mom, dad and sister. If you have the hot oxtail sandwich there, you'll understand why I am who I am."


Vetri, Philadelphia

Vetri, Philadelphia

© Karen Harmelin

"The crespelle—a savory rolled crepe served at the same time as the pasta course—is just spectacular."


Porchetta, New York City

Porchetta, New York City

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"There's one menu item—porchetta (stuffed roast pork loin). It comes between bread or on a plate. When I need my mojo worked out, I go here."


Pepolino, New York City

Pepolino, New York City

© Ramon Thompson

"Pepolino is pure traditional Tuscan food, as interpreted by true Tuscan cooks, served with mostly Tuscan wine by Tuscan waiters and waitresses."


Pizzeria Picco, Larkspur, CA

Pepolino, New York City

© Marlena John

"My friend Bruce Hill understands everything about California cooking yet also focuses just on the perfect pizza dough."


Pizzeria Bianco, Phoenix

Pizzeria Bianco, Phoenix

© John Hall Photography

"Chris Bianco uses all the Neapolitan ideology to make as perfect a pizza as you can find in America."

Published October 2010
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