F&W's Kate Krader reports on ambitious chefs and meatball masters.
Italian in Manhattan
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Ask Jonathan Benno why he left Per Se's French-inflected kitchen to serve modern Italian at this Lincoln Center spot, and he says, "I've always liked Italy best."
Photo: Lincoln's baked-to-order lasagna verde bolognese.
Insider's Tip: Benno uses dehydrated spinachjust as Ronzoni doesfor his lasagna verde.
Chef Michael White expands his impressive Italian empire to Emilia-Romagna.
Seasonality, more than one region, will dictate the menu by chef Shea Gallante (formerly of Cru).
Food Hot Spot: On & Near Mulberry Street
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Try the classic beef and spicy pork.
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Part of a Portuguese chain with exceptional mousse-meringue cake.
Among the best dishes at this Middle Eastern restaurant: mortar-and-pestle hummus.
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By day, it's a deli with killer subs. At night, it's got a phenomenal prix fixe menu.