Mario Q - What are your favorite restaurants-FAW export
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Amongst my favorite Italian restaurants in America that I often
frequent, I would have to say that Vetri in Philadelphia
is one of my favorites. There is a dish on
there called crispelle, which is a rolled crepe, served at
the same time as a pasta course, that is spectacular.
Another of my favorites is a word It almost is
a mantra to me. Porchetta. It's on seventh and A.
It's run by Sara Jenkins. It has four seats and
a bench. There's one item on the menu. It's porchetta.
It comes between bread with salsa verde or on a
plate when I need my mojo worked out. It's a
[UNKNOWN]. Another of my favorites is in Phoenix. In the
state Arizona, odd place. Delicious food though. Pizzeria [UNKNOWN] is
perhaps the most Italian of all pizzas and yet understands
things in an American way that makes it absolutely perfect.
He uses all of the Neapolitan ideology But it's just
not quite as wet and slippery, it's as perfect of
pizza as you can find in America. In Manhattan another
one of my favorites is a place called Pepolino, it's
on West Broadway right off of Canal. This is pure,
traditional Tuscan food as interpreted and made by true Tuscan
cooks and served by waiters and waitresses with Tuscan wine.
It's pure, delightful and simple. One of my favorites in
the bay area is a pizzeria called Pico. It's in
Larkspur. It's run by my friend Bruce Hill. He understands
everything great about California cooking and yet focuses everything on
a perfect pizza dough. His only desert Is soft served
vanilla ice cream sourced from milk grown in Marin County
that will change your understanding of what soft serve is.
The toppings available are extra virgin olive oil and salt.
I need say no more about the perfection of Pico.
Another of my favorites is in Seattle. It's run by
my mom, my dad, and my sister. It's called [UNKNOWN],
they're a little corky about their hours. It's open from
like 11:20 to 3:37 Tuesdays through Fridays no special dinners
no special parties but if you ever get down there
and have one of their hot oxtail sandwiches you'll understand
exactly why I am who I am