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Old 06-27-2012, 08:57 AM
 
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I was thinking about this yesterday since we were talking about good Italian restaurants.

Name me some places in the city and surrounding areas where an Italian restaurant actually has Italian people cooking for you in the kitchen. Thank you for your input
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Old 06-27-2012, 09:31 AM
 
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Ceres Table is owned by an Italian. The menu is designed by him, but he's not cooking all the time. I doubt you will find many places where the actual cooking is done by italians.

Ceres' Table
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Old 06-27-2012, 09:46 AM
 
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Ceres Table is owned by an Italian. The menu is designed by him, but he's not cooking all the time. I doubt you will find many places where the actual cooking is done by italians.

Ceres' Table
Due Lire in Lincoln Square is also owned by a guy from Naples (Massimo di Vuolo), but the exec chef I'm not sure (Kevin Abshire)
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Old 06-27-2012, 09:48 AM
 
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^ what Vlajos said. From what I understand most line cooks, even in some of the best restaurants are generally hispanic. Even if the head chef is/was Italian I doubt he/she is back there boiling pasta. Beyond that, not many ethnic Italians around these days.

Good Italian will be good regardless. Hell some of the best French food I've ever had was cooked by a Dutchman.
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Old 06-27-2012, 09:48 AM
 
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Due Lire in Lincoln Square is also owned by a guy from Naples (Massimo di Vuolo), but the exec chef I'm not sure (Kevin Abshire)
Thanks, forgot also Trattoria Trullo is also owned by a guy from Puglia. Still doubt much of the cooking is done by italians.
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Old 06-27-2012, 09:50 AM
 
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A lot of the guys, obviously not all, cooking your meals are mexican or from latin america in the US. Some of them are amazing cooks and can cook a LOT of things, sometimes even better than the natives of whatever country themselves.
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Old 06-27-2012, 09:52 AM
 
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Back in the 50's and 60's, was it normal to see Mexicans cooking in an Italian restaurant? Or is it really true that grandma was cooking in the kitchen for customers back then? I wasn't around back then so I am just curious on this one. How did things change if they did at all?
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Old 06-27-2012, 09:59 AM
 
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Back in the 50's and 60's, was it normal to see Mexicans cooking in an Italian restaurant?
As with most extremely-low-paying jobs now done by Hispanics/Latinos in the U.S., it was probably often done by African Americans or recent European immigrants (Italian or otherwise) at that time. I'm just guessing, because I wasn't alive then, but that has been the general pattern of employment demographics.
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Old 06-27-2012, 10:20 AM
 
Location: River North, Chicago, Illinois
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Last time I was in La Scarola, the guy in the kitchen was Italian.
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Old 06-27-2012, 10:22 AM
 
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Do Italian owners ever teach their help in the kitchen how to cook the food?
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