Joe Bastianich’s beloved places in Milan
Entrepreneur, Masterchef judge, father. But also books author – the last publication is Giuseppino, the autobiography written with Sara Porro – dubber, frontman and guitar player. Joe Bastianich is the typical example of a ‘restless’ soul that is always up with something new and that thinks that one role is not enough. Mr.Bastianich divides his time between Italy and USA in order to follow his projects. Milan is one of the cities in his life: in this exclusive interview for A Place in Milan he tells us about his favourite spots in the heart of Milan.
Where do you go at night to have fun with friends?
Milano is the best city for enjoying aperitivo time. Some of my favourite places are for example Pandenus close to Park Sempione, Dry in Via Solferino but also – why not – Cantine Isola, a place with no frills but great wine and nice people.
You will soon be opening your new restaurant, Ricci, in partnership with Belén. What kind of restaurant will it be?
The new Ricci will be a urban style brasserie in Piazza della Repubblica. With me and Belén there are also Simona Miele and Luca Guelfi in this partnership, the two restaurant owners of Petit Bistrot. We are happy to bring this historical place back to life and we are doing it by adding some of that New York exuberance. We will open for public on June 22 – it will be a place that will offer everything from breakfasts to after-dinner, going through lunch, brunch and aperitivo. The main characters of the menu are the American classics like the Portherhouse steak, the club sandwich or Mac&Cheese but also some dishes of Italian tradition like homemade salami and fried calamari. Now that you know everything you only have to try it!
You are the frontman and guitar player of your band, The Ramps, which has brought you to travel around the world and even to the Sanremo Music Festival: what is in your opinion the best place for live music in Milan?
I was very lucky to play in many interesting places, but when it comes to Milan there is no better place – for both playing and listening to music – than the Blue Note. Absolutely not to be missed.
You have been selected as Ambassador for Expo Milano. What do you think about Expo and in which way can you give something to it?
I am honoured to represent Expo as an Ambassador. It is a topic I feel very connected to and I think there couldn’t have been a better topic for Italy – and Milan – than food and nutrition. Until now my favourite pavillions are the ones of Kazakistan, Morocco and Japan but the Brasilian one is also interesting.
Masterchef brought you big popularity: where to you go if you want to escape the crowds?
It is becoming more and more difficult to find a place where I can be unnoticed in Italy! But I don’t see it as something negative, on the contrary I am grateful for the opportunities popularity has brought me and for the love the public is showing. My family and I love to spend our time in Cividale del Fruli, among the vineyards of Bastianich Winery, where we have also opened the Orsone restaurant and B&B a couple of years ago. We have been spending our holidays there for years, long before I was famous. People have always welcomed us and made us feel at home way before my popularity.
Read the original article on Conosco un Posto. All English versions are translated by Tamara Ilic.