All those years I lived in New York, I never made it to the legendary’s Ballato’s on East Houston.
I always just assumed that they’d never let me into such a celebrity-driven restaurant.
But when my colleague took me there for lunch the other day, I found that it’s actually pretty easy to snag a table (as long as you go early; I hear that dinner is still impossible to get in).
But the thing that surprised me the most was, damn, the food is insanely good there.
Very pure, wholesome flavors, and just classic Neapolitan-style cookery. I was hooked from the very first spaghetto, which had a perfect Italian cottura (cooking time).
I had some incredible meals while in the city. And I tasted with some extremely talented people (I’m doing a “work with” for my client Amistà, whom I adore).
So much to tell but it’s going to have to wait. I flew late last night to Boston where I’ll be working all day today.
Nice work if you can get it, as the saying goes. As fried as I am right now, I feel truly blessed to get to work with such awesome people in the trade. Super thanks, again, to all my colleagues at Ethica Wines, who have made this trip so wonderful and productive.
And thank you, Gianluca, for turning me on to Ballato’s! Amazing!
Thanks for being here and stay tuned…