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Author Archives: Mario Batali

A Taste of Pure Summer

Nothing makes me feel all warm and summery like a seasonal main course salad, except maybe one served with a glass of wine. This grilled vegetable salad with tomato seed vinaigrette is perhaps the most celebratory of all. I love grilling snow peas or sugar snap peas, and the radicchio makes the salad seem…

A Classic Italian Street Food That’s Perfect for Summer

I love panelle in any form, but perhaps my favorites are served in carts in the Vucciria market in Palermo. The addition of corn and zucchini as a salsa would seem superfluous to a true Siciliana, but makes a lot of sense to me.   This classic Italian street food is made with a base…

The Seasonal Ingredient of August

Summertime, and the fresh produce is flawless. The seasonal ingredient you should be cooking with this August is celery. Surprising, I know, as celery is a long-season crop, but it’s in its peak this month. Whether it’s a rib submerged in a classic Beer Mary on my porch overlooking Lake Michigan’s sweet serenity,…

Tomato Focaccia

Rich with toasty yeast flavor and fragrant with tomato harvest sweetness, this seasonal focaccia is a simple bread you can make in a home oven that may be better than at your local bakery.   Once upon a time, heirloom tomatoes were not the common commodity we know them as today. Mid to late…

Porcini-Rubbed Prime Rib Eye

Go outside your typical Fourth of July grilling menu this year with a bold, meaty oven-roasted addition. I often describe prime rib as America’s greatest gift to the world. Our beef is something special and we should celebrate it as the true centerpiece of the dinner table everyday (with Meatless Monday as the exception!)….

Homemade Bacon

Smoked meat and dads go together in my family, which is why homemade bacon to celebrate Father’s Day just makes sense. Making bacon at home takes a little time, but once you try your own, you’ll only use commercial bacon when you’re in a pinch. You can change the spice profile any way you’d like—just…

Radishes Al Cartoccio

I’ve been grilling tons of fruits and vegetables as spring fades and summer approaches — figs, asparagus, plums, you name it. I’ll grill anything that affords the opportunity to break out a prized bottle of saba. Made from the same grape must as that used in vin cotto or balsamic vinegar, saba is the sweet reduction…

Pea Greens with Toasted Garlic and Almonds

Pea shoots, a newer ingredient showing up in farmer’s markets across America, have long been prominent in other cultures, like Asian cuisine. With tendrils in the shape of curly-cues and leaves soft like potherbs, watery-stemmed pea shoots ensure the promise of spring peas to come.   Offering the flavor of peas, their edible shoots are…

Every Mother Counts

Every Mother Counts is an organization founded by Christy Turlington Burns to address the barriers to maternal health around the world and at home. Every year 303,000 women die every year as a result of complications during pregnancy and childbirth: that’s one woman every two minutes. And 98% of those deaths are preventable.   By…

The Chew: Tapas Bar at La Sirena

At my newest restaurant, La Sirena, I recently worked with Anthony Sasso to build a tapa bar menu that resembles those you might find in Barcelona, Madrid, or Valencia.   On The Chew, Sasso and I taste his whimsical variations on classic tapa bar dishes like patatas bravas. At La Sirena, we smash fingerling potatoes, fry them so they’re…

NFL SUPER BOWL LI

The Big Game may not involve my hometown team (Seattle Seahawks) or even the J-E-T-S JETS JETS JETS, but I’ve never been a sore loser and this year is no exception.   As always, I designed a game day menu inspired by the cities of the teams represented. Lucky for me, “New England” and “Deep…

FEAST OF THE SEVEN FISHES

The Batali family is changing it up for the holidays this year and heading to the Swiss Alps for some serious skiing (and après skiing!).   Just because we won’t be at our home in Michigan doesn’t mean I can skimp on the Christmas eve dinner menu.   So I got to work on…

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