Mario Batali's Favorite Italian Restaurants in the U.S.
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"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."
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"The crespelle—a savory rolled crepe served at the same time as the pasta course—is just spectacular."
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
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"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
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"My friend Bruce Hill understands everything about California cooking yet also focuses just on the perfect pizza dough."
Pizzeria Bianco, Phoenix
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"Chris Bianco uses all the Neapolitan ideology to make as perfect a pizza as you can find in America."