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Everyone has an opinion about Pino Luongo. To Tony Bourdain, he was the notorious Pino Noir, the shadowy kingpin of a restaurant empire. To Manhattanites, he was either the savior or the scourge of the city's dining scene. To the many fans of his cookbooks, he was the herald of Tuscan cuisine.In "Dirty Dishes, "Luongo emerges to tell his side of the story. And it's quite a ...more
ebook, 272 pages
Published July 1st 2009 by Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
(first published December 23rd 2008)
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Hey, I'm a sucker for books about chefs. This is a fun read about a crazy Italian who came to the US in his 20's, unable to speak a word of English. Eight years later he's got restaurants in NYC and the Hamptons, both perpetually overbooked and overrun with celebs. The decadence of it all, of course, leads to his downfall. But it's also about the food, and the descriptions of his native cuisine leave me seeing, smelling and desiring this fare.