Family dinner night isn’t always easy to plan – that’s certainly a fact that can’t be disputed. Little Suzie might complain that there’s no dessert with the meal; young Stevie most likely doesn’t want to eat his broccoli; mom and dad might bicker over whether or not mashed potatoes are a legitimate serving of vegetables or whether or not there is any nutritional value to Sunny Delight.
If you didn’t stop by the 31st annual MayFair event this past Sunday in Cambridge's Harvard Square, you missed out on the chance to indulge in delicious foods. Even more than that, you missed out on the opportunity to talk to Italian Chef Fabio Viviani, formerly of Bravo’s “Top Chef” show, as well as taste authentic Italian salumi fresh out of the MeatUp Food Truck. Viviani (pictured on the right) earned the “Fan Favorite” title after competing in Season 5 of “Top Chef” – which is probably the best way you could describe him, as he made it back onto “Top Chef All Stars” because everyone loved him so much. He also hosts the #1 lifestyle and food web series on Yahoo! called “Chow Ciao!,” owns and operates restaurants in greater Los Angeles, Chicago and Miami, and wrote the New York Times bestselling cookbook, “Fabio’s Italian Kitchen.” I interviewed Fabio over the weekend and discuss his favorite recipe, his favorite cities to eat in in the United States, and more.
Debi Mazar & Gabrielle Corcos from "Extra Virgin" (Photo Credit: Food Network)
When you think of authentic Italian cuisine in America, the first area of the United States that pops into your head probably isn’t the American Southwest. Many think about Boston's North End, New York's Little Italy, etc. Although the Northeastern United States was undoubtedly the place where the majority of Italian immigrants made their way to from Italy, that doesn’t mean that bona fide delicious Italian food didn’t make its way all the way across the rest of the country – specifically to one of the lucky cities in America that DiningIn calls home in Dallas.