This is a blog of reviews
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.
HOT IN HOUSTON! I'm not sure of the exact definition of Tex-Mex, but I do know I like it! If you happen to be in Houston, Texas, avoid that city's often rote food scene (overpriced steakhouses, for starters), and head directly to Ninfa's on Navigation - the original location.
For those of you visiting San Francisco, craving true Italian cuisine, and not wanting to spend a fortune...leave San Francisco and head 15 minutes north to the lovely town of Sausalito! Drive, bike, skate or take the wonderful ferry ride straight to 45 Caledonia Street, and Sandrino Pizza e Vino.