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Restaurant Man

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“The best, funniest, most revealing inside look at the restaurant biz since Anthony Bourdain’s Kitchen Confidential.” —Jay McInerney

With a new foreword by Mario Batali

Joe Bastianich is unquestionably one of the most successful restaurateurs in America—if not the world. So how did a nice Italian boy from Queens turn his passion for food and wine into an empire? In Restaurant Man, Joe charts a remarkable journey that first began in his parents’ neighborhood eatery. Along the way, he shares fascinating stories about his establishments and his superstar chef par tners—his mother, Lidia Bastianich, and Mario Batali.

Ever since Anthony Bourdain whet literary palates with Kitchen Confidential, restaurant memoirs have been mainstays of the bestseller lists. Serving up equal parts rock ’n’ roll and hard-ass business reality, Restaurant Man is a compelling ragu-to-riches chronicle that foodies, businessmen, and aspiring restauranteurs alike will be hankering to read.

From Publishers Weekly

Apr 23, 2012 – The restaurateur/wine producer and rising television (MasterChef) personality, behind Batali et al. charts his personal and professional journey in this salty, rollicking memoir. Bastianich s father, Felice, owned an Italian restaurant in Queens where the young author learned the business alongside his mother and now-famous chef, Lidia. The family spent summers on the Italian-Yugoslav border, where local foods, wines, and the people behind them made a deep and lasting impression. Through lessons at home, at the family restaurant, at school, and on the streets, including time on Wall Street during the early 1990s, Bastianich sought his own identity. The strong pull of his heritage and its food and wine, however, soon transformed him into a restaurant man like his father. Early lessons came hard, even while his family history helped, and success did, too. His meeting with Mario Batali and the opening of their first joint project, along with his own winemaking and wine-selling ventures rewrote contemporary Italian cuisine. Though the author takes gutsy credit for innovations like the everything bagel and bar dining, his forthrightness about the business nitty-gritty and his own failures and mistakes are bonus takeaways along the utterly readable way.

Customer Reviews


I wonder if there is a section on how to steal from your hardworking employees?

His restaurants are much better than his writing

Mr Bastianich, please use your creativity and talent in opening and running good restaurants instead of spending it in terrible book writing.


This is a bare bones, 'tell it like it is' look at restaurant life
with the curtain pulled all the way back.
Joe speaks from the gut of the real restaurant man with plenty of well deserved expletives in all the right places!
Yet truly from the heart when he tells the many adventurous tales
of how he got where he is today. With such love he recounts
the respect and admiration for his family, in particular his Mom,
Lydia. A lot of reveling history of his long lasting friendship with
Mario, and how they remain to be just regular folks like you & me
whose collaborative efforts made them the success they are today. I highly recommend this book. A must read if you have ever entertained the desire to own a restaurant...yet, an otherwise
fascinating look at New York and those that make it to the top.
Makes me want to visit all of his restaurants, and meet his Mom!

Restaurant Man
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  • $4.99
  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Biographies & Memoirs
  • Published: May 01, 2012
  • Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
  • Seller: Penguin Group (USA) Inc.
  • Print Length: 288 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Requirements: To view this book, you must have an iOS device with iBooks 1.3.1 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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