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Midtown Restaurant: Insieme for Inspiring Italian Cuisine

At Insieme, a spare unadorned midtown Italian eatery that’s helmed by two former chefs from Hearth, we were treated to the kind of first-rate meal that’s really tough to find in the tourist-clogged theater district. My one regret was that in order to make an 8 p.m. curtain, we had to rush through our meal. [...]

Flatiron Restaurant: A Voce

After the server gave us the hard sell on the various dishes listed on A Voce’s dinner menu, I was ready for a fabulous dining experience at this Flatiron Italian. But, sad to say, the selling was more impressive than the product. We went there with an out-of-town friend, intending to dazzle her with the [...]

Lidia Bastianich: Food is in Her Blood

Last week, I interviewed Lidia Bastianich, the cookbook author and PBS cooking show star for School Library Journal. The reason? Lidia was being honored by C-Cap, an organization that trains high school students in after-school programs to be chefs and other food professionals. Here’s an excerpt from the interview: Lidia Bastianich, the acclaimed chef, TV [...]

Neighborhood Italian

From our fearless San Francisco correspondents, who will be reporting on the San Francisco food scene-and who spend a few months a year in New York: Last week, we trekked across town to Primola on 2nd Avenue between 64th and 65th streets. Why cross the park to eat Italian? The Times’ Alex Witchel had mentioned [...]