Wine asked the ubiquitous Croc-footed super chef, Mario
Batali, about his
favorite Italian restaurants in the U.S. Among those on
the list are Salumi
Picco (Larkspur, CA) and
Pizzeria Bianco (Phoenix).
If you're in the Big Apple, we'd recommend stopping in at
Batali's latest venture, Eataly.
Though slightly overwhelming at first, this enormous, bustling
temple celebrating all things Italian cuisine will tantalize your
tastebuds with 6 restaurants and a market boasting fresh fish,
wine, a butcher, countless cheeses, pasta-to-go and much more. The
rooftop bar, Birreria, offers stellar views and beer brewed in
house (at rooftop prices, of course).
A cask of Batali's beer (a collaborative effort with Dogfish
Head, Baladin and Del Borgo) and a glimpse of the Empire State
Building at Birreria