Mario Carbone

  • Blogs

    July 3, 2014

    An Early Sip of the Ludlow Hotel's Lobby Bar, Now Open on the LES

    If you're in town this weekend, you should make a point to head to the Torrisi team's Lobby Bar (180 Ludlow Street, 212-432-1818) at the Ludlow Hotel. It was quiet when we dropped in last night, and that's not going to last -- you can bet that this place will be rammed as soon as word gets out that ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 31, 2014

    Five Great Egotarian Restaurants in NYC

    GQ's food correspondent Alan Richman recently decried the increasingly common practice of male-helmed kitchens orchestrating what he calls "Egotarian Cuisine:" Chefs turn out ever-stranger dishes meant to showcase their inspirations, banking on culinary orgasms via mental masturbation. "What makes t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 28, 2013

    Five Side Dishes With Power to Upstage the Main Course

    Forget the baked potato, haricots verts, and creamed spinach. Today's restaurants put as much emphasis on creating creative sides as they do on rolling out an entree list--and as a result, those accoutrements often steal the show. Head out and give these five a try, a sampling of some of the most in ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 6, 2013

    The James Beard Scene at Carbone

    Over the weekend, all-star chefs from all over the country descended on our fair city for the restaurant portion of the James Beard Awards (the journalism awards were handed out on Friday, and our very own Tejal Rao took one home for criticism). And they're not just here for the awards, but to hit t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 10, 2013

    wd-50 Holds a Reunion for Friends and Family

    At 8 p.m., the only clue that something big was happening at wd-50 was the methuselah of champagne that was touring the quietly buzzing room, a six-liter megabottle that was poured at every table. It set the tone for the once-in-a-lifetime reunion of family members--and lucky hangers-on--that was ac ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 19, 2013

    James Beard Foundation Announces 2013 Chef and Restaurant Award Semifinalists

    Hollywood has the Oscars. The food world has the James Beard Awards. The annual ceremony that recognizes both outstanding and upcoming talent in the restaurant industry has just announced its 2013 crop of semifinalists. The current (incredibly long) list will be narrowed down to finalists on Monday ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 7, 2012

    100 Reasons to Eat and Drink Downtown Today (and Tomorrow, and the Day After That)

    Last week, we did a lot of reporting on restaurants operating in the dark, doing whatever they could to provide light and food to those who needed it. We checked in on our review restaurants, both of which happened to be in blackout zones, and found one had stayed open all week, while the other floo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 4, 2012

    Food Awards: Food & Wine's Best New Chefs, Food Magazine Covers Contest

    Awards season is in full swing in the food world. Food & Wine just named its best new chefs, the American Society of Magazine Editors nominations are in, and the James Beard Awards will be announced in early May. Find out what has gone down so far, and how you can participate in the fun.

  • Blogs

    March 13, 2012

    Eric Gabrynowicz Wins Food & Wine's "The People's Best New Chef" Contest in New York

    In case you haven't heard the news: The winner of F&W's "The People's Best New Chef" contest is not from New York. Tim Byres, who works at Smoke in Dallas, beat out the national competition for his ability to go "beyond just barbecue, with an in-kitchen wood grill and smoke pit for smoking or curing ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 17, 2011

    Parm's Mozzarella Sticks Are Full of Cheesy Deliciousness

    Lauren ShockeyFried and cheesy, what more do you need in life?​Parm, the new Torrisi Italian Specialties spinoff, has already been doing brisk business since it opened a mere two weeks ago, and for good reason. Mario Carbone and Rich Torrisi know how to turn old school red sauce classics into ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 21, 2011

    Parm Will Premiere at Yankee Stadium Tomorrow

    ​If you can't wait until September to join the inevitably ridiculous lines outside of Parm, then consider a trip to Yankee Stadium this weekend.

  • Blogs

    March 2, 2011

    Someone Who Isn't From New York Wins Food & Wine's People's Best New Chef

    ​The people have spoken to Food & Wine, and their best new chef doesn't live in New York. He lives in Boston.

  • Blogs

    February 15, 2011

    Food & Wine Asks The People to Vote for Their Best New Chefs

    ​Second only to the James Beard Awards in the amount of pomp, circumstance, and restaurant business they generate are Food & Wine's Best New Chef Awards. And this year, the magazine is taking a crowd-sourcing approach to its annual ritual with its introduction of a People's Best New Chef categ ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 29, 2010

    Le Fooding Announces Its 2010 Line-Up

    Attendees at last year's Le Fooding.​Some ten months after it transformed P.S. 1 into a roiling cauldron of smoking meat, interminable waits, and misplaced drink tickets, Le Fooding has announced its line-up for this year's festivities.

  • Dining

    February 2, 2010
  • Blogs

    January 12, 2010

    Torrisi Italian Specialties: A Catalog of Dishes

    The Italian combo hero ($9) could feed a crowd​Mario Carbone and Rich Torrisi, two chefs who have cooked with Boulud and Batali, have opened a strangely appealing place--Torrisi Italian specialties is an Italian (really, Italian-American) hero shop and deli, where everything is made from domes ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 30, 2009

    Teen Stars Break Up Over Eating Habits; Food Trucks Bring the South to Brooklyn

    ​Torrisi Italian Specialties opens today in Little Italy selling Italian foods made in America. Owners Richard Torrisi and Mario Carbone, both chefs, cure their own anchovies and olives, and will start offering prix-fixe dinners in February. [NY Times] Teen stars Taylor Swift and Taylor Lautn ... More >>