February 14, 2012

A Fun Night Out at Il Buco!

After posting this blog, I was delighted to see that the New York Times just awarded Il Buco Alimentari e Vineria three stars!  Click here to read the review.

Recently on Martha, we devoted an entire TV show to sensational sandwiches.  We invited some wonderful chefs to share their special creations, including Chef Justin Smillie of Il Buco Alimentari e Vineria on Great Jones in Manhattan.  Chef Smillie gave a lesson creating his famous and succulent porchetta sandwich, which is packed full of tender roast pork and topped with crispy cracklins’.  That sandwich really got me hungry for more.

About once or twice a year, my TV chefs and I go out for a team dinner, usually visiting a restaurant/chef that we’ve had on the show.  When we were trying to decide where, we all said, "Il Buco!"  Il Buco is a renowned Mediterranean restaurant with the ambiance of a European country home.  Joining me that night were TV chefs Nikki Elkins, Thomas Joseph, Sarah Mastracco, Nora Singley; kitchen assistant Josefa Palacios; kitchen intern Hana Choi; my makeup artist Daisy Schwartzberg; my hairstylist Anthony Sorensen; and Kevin Sharkey.  These team dinners are always so much fun and the one we shared last week was a blast!

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