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  • Chef Fortunato Nicotra with Lidia Bastianich
    We were invited to taste the new summer menu at Felidia, one of New York’s finest restaurants owned Lidia Bastianich. We were so impressed by our meal, a culinary trip to Sicily, that we thought we should not only tell you about it but also take the opportunity to interview Fortunato Nicotra, the Executive Chef at Felidia since 1996. We discussed his story, his influences, his and Lidia’s shared cooking philosophy and how all of this informs his remarkable creations.
  • Lidia in her teenage years. (Courtesy of Lidia Bastianich)
    To commemorate the National Memorial Day of the Exiles and Foibe (Giorno del ricordo), the Italian celebration for the memory of the victims of the Foibe and the Istrian-Dalmatian exodus. World-famous Italian chef Lidia Bastianich has a story as a refugee that transcends the culinary industry. Lidia was born following the conclusion of World War II, a time when European countries were still settling border disputes. As a young girl, she grew up among three different cultures, each with a profound influence on her. Today, as a professional, Lidia’s childhood experiences and her family ties continue to prove monumental in her continued success.
  • World-renowned chef Lidia Matticchio Bastianich during i-Italy's interview
    World-famous Italian chef Lidia Bastianich has a story that transcends the culinary industry. Lidia was born following the conclusion of World War II, a time when European countries were still settling border disputes. As a young girl, she grew up among three different cultures, each with a profound influence on her. Today, as a professional, Lidia’s childhood experiences and her family ties continue to prove monumental in her continued success.