THE SUMMER DESTINATION. Rather than attempting to describe the difference between ice cream and gelato, understand it empirically. Gio’ Gelati is well-located on Union Street, just south of Cow Hollow, in San Francisco. The brainchild of Guido Mastropaolo and Nicola Trois, its only mission seems to be to bring the pure, youthful joy of gelato to San Francisco.
Smack in the heart of Washington, DC, a couple of blocks from the White House, you’ll find Ristorante Tosca. It has been a staple of DC’s power lunch scene since it first opened in the early 1990’s. Home to Senators, Representatives, and the occasional Supreme Court Justice, it remains my go-to comfort food source when I’m in DC.
HIDDEN GEM ON WEST 14TH. It is rare to come across a truly innovative, customer-friendly restaurant format, but that's exactly what Mulino a Vino represents. Wine and Italian cuisine go hand in hand, and Mulino a Vino has optimized the match. Tucked away on West 14th in Manhattan, the restaurant offers over 100 wines by the glass, in addition, of course, to an even broader bottle selection.
TIBET IN SHANGHAI. Recently, I had the good fortune of spending a few days in Shanghai, China. A city of 24 million inhabitants, spread over nearly 2,500 square miles, Shanghai, is impossible to explore, but its "heart", on the Bund along the shores of the Huangpu River, is a must for visitors and gourmands.
NEW YORK "CAPUT MUNDI". Much as Rome was once "caput mundi" - the world's capital - there is no doubt that New York now covers that role. A world-class business and tourist destination, New York is literally deluged with restaurants and cafes of all stripes. One of my favorites, quite appropriately, is a Roman restaurant.