Joe Bastianich, Restaurant Man

Monday, May 14, 2012

Joe Bastianich describes his culinary journey from working in his parents’ red-sauce joint to becoming one of the country’s most successful restaurateurs. His memoir Restaurant Man recounts learning the ropes from his parents, Lidia and Felice Bastianich, his time in Italy, and joining forces with Mario Batali.


Joe Bastianich

Comments [18]

Obsequious: pretty girls and restaurant owners.

Happens every time.

Lenny needs a reservation, too!

May. 14 2012 01:06 PM
thatgirl from manhattan

looks like he couldn't, michael from woodland park!

May. 14 2012 01:02 PM

Oh Leonard - that was mighty disappointing.

And pete from brooklyn - do you tip your barber? Taxi-driver? Pizza delivery person? Valet? You could say the same thing about many service providers. If you don't like tipping your servers - don't go out, ride in a taxt, order pizza, get a haircut, etc.

May. 14 2012 01:01 PM
liam from brooklyn

For shame Leonard what a limp interview

May. 14 2012 12:59 PM
pete from brooklyn

Why do customers have to pay wages of waiters, waitresses, servers through tips rather the the restaurant, which employs them?

May. 14 2012 12:53 PM

Hmm.. "pagliaccio" come to mind.

May. 14 2012 12:53 PM
LL from UWS

A diner could CHOKE on the disgusting business practices of some restaurant owners.

Definition of restaurant business as moral and ethical must include fair pay and good working conditions (and not just 'green' issues).

May. 14 2012 12:51 PM

While Joe the Basta was describing how to turn "nickels into dollars" you had the perfect opportunity to ask him if that includes squeezing the waitstaff. Leonard, did you agree ahead of time not to mention the lawsuit?

May. 14 2012 12:50 PM


Talk about your work-rounds for the margin problem.

May. 14 2012 12:49 PM
thatgirl from manhattan

in his new "memoir" (don't you love when people smack in the middle of their one-dimensional lives write memoirs?) bastianich shows so much contempt for the people who actually make his business successful (namely, customers, hard-working/ripped-off employees), it's amazing that anyone would eat at these places--or work for him. hopefully more will discover what little regard he has for these essential cohorts that they no longer will. he brings shame to the opportunity his hard-working parents provided him.

May. 14 2012 12:49 PM
donnie from nj

I would never give this arrogant punk a dime of my income and even his mom makes me lose my appetite! A guy more suited to the Russsian mafia...
and by the way, isn't it about time we let these owners pay their servers
instead of throwing that on those who dine? Cook at home, folks...

May. 14 2012 12:49 PM
Michael from Woodland Park, NJ


I wonder if you could very tactfully address the very negative comments posted so far on this page?

: )

May. 14 2012 12:48 PM

Croatian Joe -

Italian? Really??

May. 14 2012 12:47 PM

The stench of rancid Joe is a little nauseating...

May. 14 2012 12:46 PM

...$12 for Green Market carrots???

It's expensive but, $12...

Joe, would you consider that hyperbole??

May. 14 2012 12:45 PM
Will from Queens

Foul mouthed and crude..have never eaten at one of his places, and after having read excerpts from his "book"....NEVER WILL

May. 14 2012 12:41 PM

"Restaurant Man"??!?!?

Such a wonderful, thought-provoking, testosterone-driven title, Joe.

Did you think of that all by yourself??


May. 14 2012 12:25 PM

Will you ask Lidia's little boy about the the court-ordered class action $5.25M settlement he and Batali have to pay all the servers they ripped off? And don't let him get away with saying it was the most expedient way to move on - he swore up and down he would fight because they were right. The lawsuit proved that Bastianich and Batali skimmed so much money off their servers tips their wages were below minimum wage and they did not pay waitstaff overtime for shifts that exceed 10 hours. There restaurants should be boycotted. What's infuriating is that they are the ones that got caught - there are probably many other high-end, celebrity driven restaurants that do the same things (look up the $2.5M lawsuit DeNiro had to settle for Nobu).

Bastianich is an ignorant moron. He is a repulsive tv presence on his mother's show.

May. 14 2012 12:09 PM

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