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Italian Food – Plate Of The Day http://www.plateoftheday.com Food Blogger - Adventures in Beijing, New York, Brooklyn and more Tue, 06 Oct 2015 08:22:55 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.7.7 How’s Your Lasagna? Ever Try Marie Callender’s? http://www.plateoftheday.com/?p=1638 http://www.plateoftheday.com/?p=1638#respond Mon, 29 Aug 2011 17:59:18 +0000 http://www.plateoftheday.com/?p=1638 How’s Your Lasagna? Ever Try Marie Callender’s?

I went to a food blogger dinner a few weeks ago that was hosted by Food TV’s George Duran and NBC’s Phil Lepert. It was in the west village, and we started with some fresh sangria and then headed downstairs for a formal dinner with the hosts.
We spoke about various food topics such as buying organic, CSA’s, and debating which supermarket chains are worth supporting (Trader Joe’s).
We also talked a lot about how to balance your meals not just with quality of foods (organic, local) but also prepared and non-prepared. Phil drove the conversational topics while George talked about the food we were enjoying. We started with a Strawberry Arugula Salad with honey balsamic vinegar, then main course of double stacked Italian Lasagna with pepperoni, seasoned beef, and sausage with four cheeses. The lasagna was served alongside herbed cheesy garlic bread. Finally we finished with a Mojito granita shot and a razzleberry pie a la mode.

Well, to our surpise the Lasagna and the Razzleberry Pie were both from Marie Callender’s. It surprised everyone in the room and was a lot better than I ever expected. Crazy!

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Contest for Free Dinner in NY With NBC’s Phil Lepert, Food Network’s George Duran! http://www.plateoftheday.com/?p=1631 http://www.plateoftheday.com/?p=1631#comments Mon, 15 Aug 2011 21:25:03 +0000 http://www.plateoftheday.com/?p=1631 Contest for Free Giveaway Dinner in NY With NBC’s Phil Lepert, Food Network’s George Duran!

Hi Plate of the Day Food Blog Readers, I’m giving away an invitation to an underground dinner event in NY on Friday August 26th 2011. (It’s an Italian restaurant).

It’s a four course meal with TV celebrities:

George Duran
George Duran (host of Ham On The Street)

Phil Lempert host of NBC SupermarketGuru

For the contest, log in with Facebook and tell us your favorite Italian dish. (Scroll down and click on the “view comments” link and log into Facebook to comment)

I’ll pick a random winner and will announce prior to the date!


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A Dozen Food Trucks to Descend On Grand Army Plaza Brooklyn NY Sun May 21 http://www.plateoftheday.com/?p=1585 http://www.plateoftheday.com/?p=1585#respond Thu, 19 May 2011 15:23:08 +0000 http://www.plateoftheday.com/?p=1585 A Dozen Food Trucks to Descend On Grand Army Plaza Brooklyn NY Sun May 21

Van Leeuwen Ice Cream Truck

Hey everyone, surprise the endless rain officially ends on Sunday and what better way to enjoy the outdoors than checking out a dozen or more of your favorite food trucks?!!!

From 11am – 5pm, Food trucks that serve coffee, ice cream, slushies, dumplings, lobster, falafel, and more will be available at Grand Army Plaza.

Here’s the line up so far:

Cupcake Stop
Kelvin Natural Slush Co.
Kimchi Taco
Milk Truck
Mud Truck
Red Hook Lobster Pound
Rickshaw Dumpling
Souvlaki GR
Taïm Mobile
Eddie’s Pizza Truck
The Frying Dutchmen
The Treats Truck
Vanleeuwen Ice Cream

This Food Truck party is being organized by the Prospect Park Alliance with the NYC Food Truck Association.

See you there!

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Have a ‘mile high’ dinner with Mario Batali atop Empire State Building – Charity Event for Food Bank NY Dec 7th 2010 6-9PM http://www.plateoftheday.com/?p=1395 http://www.plateoftheday.com/?p=1395#respond Tue, 26 Oct 2010 20:14:57 +0000 http://www.plateoftheday.com/?p=1395 Have a ‘mile high’ dinner with Mario Batali atop Empire State Building – Charity Event for Food Bank NY Dec 7th 2010 6-9PM

Iron Chef TV Celeb Mario Batali is inviting you and other culinary luminaries to a special charity dinner atop the Empire State Building this December as a benefit for the NY Food Bank. Hang out with Mario, Anthony Bourdain, Tom Colicchio, Ted Allen, Andrew Carmellini, Brad Farmerie and many more of New York City’s most distinguished chefs, restaurateurs, and journalists while lending a hand in fighting hunger in New York City!

From the official press release:

Enjoy an evening of holiday-inspired cocktails and sumptuous hors d’oeuvres including presentations from David Burke Townhouse, Locanda Verde, Public & Double Crown, SD26, Riverpark, Morimoto, and others, and help celebrate the kick-off of the Food Bank’s newly formed Culinary Council. Bid for auction prizes including four tickets to the taping of Iron Chef and a private studio tour; tickets to the Emeril Lagasse Show, restaurant gift certificates galore and more! Finally, at this once-in-a-lifetime event, you’ll be present as the iconic Empire State Building turns orange, the color of hunger awareness.

The Culinary Council, Chaired by chef/author Mario Batali, brings together prestigious leaders in the culinary industry to raise funds and awareness for the Food Bank For New York City and its sustained efforts to provide food and services for the 1.5 million New Yorkers who rely on them. One in Five New York City residents relies on the Food Bank’s programs and services, including one in every five children.

Proceeds from this event, sponsored by Conde Nast Food Group and the Empire State Building, will support the Food Bank’s ongoing efforts to end food poverty in New York City.

Arrive in time for the ‘Orange’ Carpet at 6:00pm. Tickets are limited. Festive attire – $250 per ticket. To purchase tickets please visit: www.foodbanknyc.org/go/culinary

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Indian Naan + Pizza Toppings = Indian Pizza? Introducing Tandoor Chef Taj Mahal of Pizza http://www.plateoftheday.com/?p=1389 http://www.plateoftheday.com/?p=1389#respond Thu, 21 Oct 2010 21:06:52 +0000 http://www.plateoftheday.com/?p=1389 Indian Naan + Pizza Toppings = Indian Pizza? Introducing Tandoor Chef Taj Mahal of Pizza

Duh, why hasn’t anyone else come up with this idea? I mean Naan is an incredible tasty, chewy bread and would make a perfect complement for pizza toppings.

Well to kick off National Pizza Month (seriously dude, it was passed by congress back in 1987), it’s very appropriate to announce that prepared foods manufacturer Tandoor Foods is announcing a new line of frozen indian naan pizzas. Tandoor Chef includes Roasted Eggplant, Cilantro Pesto, Margherita, and Spinach Paneer pizza flavors.

Indian Naan + Pizza Toppings = Indian Pizza? Introducing Tandoor Chef Taj Mahal of Pizza

I’m going to hunt for some of these in the store – let me know if you come across any and let us know what you think.
Here’s a recipe in the meantime from their website:
Mild Curry Chicken Pizza Recipe on Naan
1 teaspoon vegetable oil
2 chicken breasts, boneless and skinless
1⁄4 red onion, thinly sliced
1 clove garlic, minced
3 tablespoons tomato paste
1 tablespoons mild Indian red curry paste
4 pieces Tandoor Chef Tandoori Naan (or any Naan you get from a restaurant/ store)
1⁄2 cup fresh spinach, finely chopped
3 1⁄2 ounces Monterey Jack cheese, shredded
Preheat broiler oven. Heat vegetable oil in a large frying pan over medium heat. Add chicken, browning one side for two to three minutes before flipping; add onion and garlic; brown the other side another two to three minutes. Remove from the pan, cut into thin slices and return to the pan to finish cooking.
In a small bowl, combine the tomato and curry pastes. Spread over each piece of naan, then top with pan contents, spinach and cheese. Place on a baking sheet and broil for five minutes or until cheese is visibly melting.
Visit TandoorChef.com or Facebook.com/TandoorChef.

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NY Parked Food Truck Festival – Governer’s Island Sunday Sept 5 2010 (FREE) http://www.plateoftheday.com/?p=1289 http://www.plateoftheday.com/?p=1289#comments Wed, 01 Sep 2010 18:13:43 +0000 http://www.plateoftheday.com/?p=1289 NY Parked Food Truck Festival – Governer’s Island Sunday Sept 5 2010 (FREE)

Parked NY Food Truck Festival Governer's Island Sept 5 2010 Got your plans set up for Labor Day weekend yet? No!?? Go check out the Parked NY Food Truck Festival on Governer’s Island this weekend on Sunday. It’s free to take the ferry and it’s free to attend the event. The food? Not free, but it’s going to be a stellar food truck line up and well worthwhile!

Some of the food trucks confirmed for the parked food truck festival so far include:

Jamaican Dutchy Food Truck, Rickshaw Dumpling Food Truck, Green Pirate juice Food Truck, Joyride Truck, Red Hook Lobster Pound, Van Leeuwen Artisan Ice Cream Food Truck, Halo Berlin, The Cinnamon Snail, Kelvin Natural Slush Co Food Truck, Hermelinda Mexicana and more!

WHEN : Sunday, September 5th
WHERE : Colonel’s Row @ Governors Island
DOORS : Noon – 5pm
COVER : Free!
RAIN DATE: Sunday, September 26th

Ferry Schedule Link: http://www.govisland.com/html/visit/directions.shtml

I checked out Governer’s Island last week for the Jazz Age Lawn party – it was awesome. If you have a bike, bring it along. It’s a great way to check out the entire island. Governor’s Island is kind of shaped like an ice cream cone. Colonel’s row is runs West East across the island at the upper (bottom of the ice cream scoop) portion of the Island. Enjoy!! These NY Food Trucks won’t disappoint!

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Jimmy Fallon & Mario Batali – Teaching Celebrities How To Cook http://www.plateoftheday.com/?p=1256 http://www.plateoftheday.com/?p=1256#respond Fri, 16 Jul 2010 15:30:29 +0000 http://www.plateoftheday.com/?p=1256 Jimmy Fallon & Mario Batali – Teaching Celebrities How To Cook

I got this from Cha Xiu Bao food blog site. Check it out – Jimmy Fallon is awesome.

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Fascati Pizzeria Brooklyn Heights NY http://www.plateoftheday.com/?p=1215 http://www.plateoftheday.com/?p=1215#respond Fri, 28 May 2010 22:46:01 +0000 http://www.plateoftheday.com/?p=1215 Fascati Pizzeria Brooklyn Heights NY

fascati pizza brooklyn heights ny

80 Henry St.
Brooklyn, NY 11201

Just a few doors from Siggy’s Natural Organic Good Food Restaurant and Juice Bar is the neighborhood favorate Fascati Pizzeria. When locals in the neighborhood go out for Pizza, they go to Fascati and not to Grimalidi’s. There’s no wood fire oven and fancy ingredients, it’s just a plain good slice of pizza and the bonus is you don’t need to wait an hour plus in line to get a slice or a pie.

fascati pizza brooklyn heights ny

We got a slice of cheese, mushroom and pepperoni and took it down to the park in DUMBO looking out at lower Manhattan. I liked the pepperoni the best – the mushroom was a little soggy as they usually turn out. Compared to Grimaldi’s? Well it’s hard to say, I do like the blackened crust of Grimaldi’s but Fascati definitely is a good pizza all around.

fascati pizza brooklyn heights ny

The local kids definitely appreciate Fascati Pizza as well!

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Motorino Pizza Williamsburg Brooklyn New York http://www.plateoftheday.com/?p=1208 http://www.plateoftheday.com/?p=1208#comments Tue, 18 May 2010 21:44:29 +0000 http://www.plateoftheday.com/?p=1208 Motorino Pizza Brooklyn New York

Motorino Pizza NY Brooklyn

Motorino Brooklyn
319 Graham Avenue
Open Sunday-Thursday 11AM-12AM
Friday and Saturday 11AM-1AM

Motorino East Village
349 East 12th Street
Open Sunday-Thurs 11AM-12AM
Friday and Saturday 11AM-1AM

Just when you thought the top NY Pizza rankings were settled, along comes Motorino and a motorcade of celebrity mentions including Rachel Ray, Michelle Park of NY1, and a NY Times write up in Feb. When I think pure Neapolitan pizza, I think Una Pizza Napoletana in the East Village but guess what? Motorino is Una Pizza Napoletana (Anthony Mangieri, the founder of Una Pizza Napoletana, sold his space to Mathieu Palombino last year). Guess that makes sense since the pizza here is very good.

Motorino Pizza NY Brooklyn

We ordered a varieties including the famous Margherita DOC $14 (tomato / mozzarella di bufala / basil), a Soppressata Piccante $14 (tomato / fior di latte / spicy soppressata / fresh chilies / garlic, and the special that night (mushroom). I thought the soppressata was a little salty for my taste, but he DOC Margherita was just perfection. I prefer the Williamsburg location – it’s a bit larger and includes a nice backyard patio space. Enjoy!

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Il Porto Wood Burning Oven Pizza Italian Restaurant Brooklyn NY – 93 Plates Food Project http://www.plateoftheday.com/?p=1082 http://www.plateoftheday.com/?p=1082#respond Tue, 12 Jan 2010 02:00:50 +0000 http://www.plateoftheday.com/?p=1082 Il Porto Wood Burning Oven Pizza Italian Restaurant Brooklyn NY – 93 Plates Food Project

Il Porto Wood Burning Oven Pizza Italian Restaurant Brooklyn NY

Il Porto Italian Pizzeria
37 Washington Avenue
(between Flushing Ave & Park Ave)
Area: Between Dumbo, Ft Greene and Williamsburg across from the Navy Yard
Brooklyn, NY 11205
(718) 624-0954

What’s the best way to get to Brooklyn Navy Yard from the East Village? L to G to 57 bus? Q to Dekalb? I found myself in this predicament yesterday when I was hanging out with Hagan Blount for restaurant #29 of 93 of his 93 plates project. We just finished eating and blogging the Crooked Tree Creperie in the East Village and had to motor down to Il Porto near the Brooklyn Navy Yard. Why? Because there was supposedly a Blogger’s Meetup but when we finally arrived 40 minutes later via the 6 from Astor to Union Square to the L to the G and walking down Washington, there wasn’t a blogger’s soul in sight! I don’t really know who the organizer was but that’s pretty lame to not show up to your own Meetup.

Il Porto Wood Burning Oven Pizza Italian Restaurant Brooklyn NY

To make the best of a situation that was becoming rapidly ridiculous, we decided to try out a few slices at Il Porto.  Besides a) there isn’t much else in the neighborhood b) we were kind of getting hungry and c) the wood burning oven pizza smelled and looked pretty nice.

We chose a platter that included an eggplant calzone, a slice of a white pizza (just mozzarella), and a personal sized garlic mozzarella pizza. As we started taking out our gear to snap photos of the food, the owner took pause and engaged with us in a light conversation about Hagan’s 93 plates project. I guess the potential publicity that a restaurant gets from 93 food bloggers is quite a draw and before we were finished with our slices, we were offered a slice of his ‘Grandma’ pizza (pictured above). Although it’s a simple combination of sweet tomato sauce, mozzarella, basil and a splash of olive oil, it was our immediate favorite. It’s the most popular selling slice at Il Porto and I can easily see why.

Il Porto Wood Burning Oven Pizza Italian Restaurant Brooklyn NY

Next, we indulged in a 32oz dry aged steak over a bed of asparagus and green beans along with a pear/pancetta/spinach/gorgonzola salad.  First it’s a little laughable that the other bloggers who bailed on us completely missed out on this amazing food, and second I had intended on going to Peter Luger’s that night but ended up cancelling the reservation after being so stuffed from all this food. The steak at Il Porto isn’t the same cut as the mighty Peter Luger porterhouse so it’s difficult to compare, but overall the dry aged cut had great flavor and it’s a deal at $26.

As I powered through my meal, I asked the owner what type of customer would venture out to the industrial outskirts of the Brooklyn Navy Yard? Through its young 15 month run, he said the majority of the business occurs during the day, when Il Porto is packed with TV/Film crews and cast (including the likes of Sex and The City, and various modeling agencies) from Steiner Studios located across the street  as well as small business employees from the Brooklyn Navy Yard space down the street.  Secondly, Il Porto casts a wide net with their delivery service that covers DUMBO, Ft Green and the outskirts of Williamsburg.  For me, I was pretty happy with the $5 bud light + slice happy hour special (4-7pm), but even more clever in my opinion is the FREE pickup and delivery candlelight dinner service on Thur, Fri and Sat nights at Il Porto. That’s brilliant!

The pizza here is good folks and although we only sampled a small portion of the overall menu, I would recommend making the trek out here to check it out. (Don’t depend on a Blogger Meetup as an excuse to go).

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