Joe Bastianich

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Joe Bastianich
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Joe Bastianich in New York City (2011)
Born Joseph Bastianich
(1968-09-17) September 17, 1968 (age 45)
Astoria, Queens, New York City, New York
Residence Greenwich, Connecticut, US
Alma mater Boston College (B.A.)
Occupation Restaurateur, winemaker, author, television personality
Known for Restaurant man

Joseph "Joe" Bastianich (born September 17, 1968) states that he is “a restaurateur, author, sometimes television personality, rocker, runner, husband, and a father.” Raised in an Italian family in New York he firmly believes that a small kitchen makes a large house. Joe is an avid triathlete and a lover of reggae music. He co-own restaurants in New York City, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Singapore, and Hong Kong.

Early life and education[edit]

The son of Felice and Lidia Bastianich,[1] Joseph Bastianich was born in Astoria, Queens, New York City, New York, in 1968,[2] in 1968. Raised working in his parents Italian restaurant Felidia in Manhattan he attended Fordham Preparatory School before attending Boston College.

Joe is an avid triathlete completing in numerous races. His most challenging competition to date was the completion of a full Ironman in Hawaii.

Joe currently lives in Greenwich, Connecticut with his wife Deanna and their children Olivia, Miles, and Ethan.

Professional career[edit]

After studying Finance at Boston College and spending a year on Wall Street he bought a one way ticket to Italy and set off on the adventure of a lifetime. He returned to the US with a deep-seated love for all things Italian, especially their food and wine. In 1993, he opened Becco(Italian for "peck, nibble, savor") a traditional Italian restaurant with Lidia Bastianich.

He then partnered with Mario Batali to open Babbo Ristorante e Enoteca, an Italian restaurant that gained the prestigious three stars from the The New York Times.[citation needed] , the first Italian restaurant to gain the award in 40 years. Together they opened seven more restaurants in New York: Lupa, Esca, Casa Mono, Bar Jamon, Otto, Del Posto,[3] and Eataly (an Italian marketplace). In 2010, Del Posts [3] received a four-star review from The New York Times.[citation needed]. It is one of only six restaurants in New York with the award. Their culinary empire has expanded to 10 restaurants in New York, 4 restaurants in Las Vegas, 2 restaurants in Los Angeles, 2 restaurants in Singapore, 1 Italian market in Chicago, and 2 restaurants in Hong Kong.

Joe joined the cast of MasterChef, and MasterChef Italia,[4] a FOX hit reality show.

Restaurants owned or operated by Batali and Bastianich Hospitality Group[edit]

Restaurant Location Awards and Recognition
New York City, New York "Three Stars"

from The New York Times

"Outstanding Restaurant U.S." Nominee from The James Beard Award

New York City, New York
BABBO Ristorante e Enoceta
Babbo Ristorante e Enoteca
New York City, New York “Best New Restaurant of 1999”

from The James Beard Award

"A glowing 3-star" review by Ruth Reichl of the New York Times

"Outstanding Wine Service of 2004" from The James Beard Award

"Outstanding Restaurateur of 2008" from The James Beard Award

Lidia's Italy
Lidia's Italy
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania "Three Stars"

from The Pittsburgh Post-Gozette in 2008

New York City, New York
New York City, New York / Hong Kong
Lidia’s Italy
Lidia's Italy Kansas City
Kansas City, Missouri
OTTO Enoteca Pizzeria
New York City / Las Vegas
Bar Jamon
New York City, New York
Casa Mono
Casa Mono
New York City, New York
Del Posto
Del Posto
New York City, New York
B&B Ristorante
Las Vegas
Osteria Mozza
Los Angeles, California / Singapore
Carnevino Italian Steakhouse
Las Vegas, Nevada / Hong Kong
Pizzeria Mozza
Pizzeria Mozza
Los Angeles, California / Newport Beach, California / Singapore / San Diego
Terry Lodge
Tarry lodge
Port Chester, New York / Westport, Connecticut
Restaurant Logo
Los Angeles, California
Eataly NYC
New York City, New York
Tarry Market
Tarry market
Port Chester, New York
New York City
Tarry Wine
Tarry Wine
Port Chester, New York "Outstanding Wine & Spirits of 2005"

From The James Beard Award

Frazione Gagliano, Italy
B&B burger & Beer
Burger and Beer
Las Vegas
Chi Spacca
Chi Spacca
Los Angeles, California "Out Standing Chef of 2014" - Nancy Silverton

From The James Beard Award


With wine expert David Lynch (wine director then general manager at Bastianich and Batali's restaurant Babbo, and a former senior editor at Wine & Spirits),[5] Bastianich co-authored Vino Italiano: The Regional Wines of Italy (ISBN 978-1400097746) and Vino Italiano Buying Guide (ISBN 978-0307406507). In 2005, he was recognized as Outstanding Wine and Spirits Professional by both the James Beard Foundation and Bon Appétit magazine.[citation needed] In 2008, he and Mario Batali were awarded the James Beard Foundation's Outstanding Restaurateur Award.[6]

Joe's memoir, Restaurant Man (ISBN 978-0-670-02352-3), was released in May 2012.


Joe owns three wineries in Italy where he cultivates a variety of grapes. The Bastianich winery was founded in 1997 in the Friuli-Venezia Giulia region of Italy, it consists of 70 acres of land. La Mozza is a 90 acres winery located in Maremma, Tuscany. La Mozza is known for the phenomenal Aragone blend. The Brandini Winery is located in the Langhe region of Northern Italy specializing in Dolcetto, Barbera, and Barolo wines. Joe also owns a winery in the Mendoza province of western Argentina with Matias Mayol and Steve Clifton. They have produced TriTono a phenomenal Malbec.

Television Credits[edit]


  1. ^ "Bastianich, Joseph". Current Biography Yearbook 2011. Ipswich, Massachusetts: H.W. Wilson. 2011. pp. 50–54. ISBN 9780824211219. 
  2. ^ Yi, Christine (28 October 2008). "Passion for Food Adjusts to Fit Passion for Running". The New York Times. 
  3. ^ a b Sifton, Sam (28 September 2010). "A Modern Italian Master". The New York Times. Retrieved 14 September 2012. 
  4. ^ Hinckley, David (26 July 2010). "Sob stories, bad auditions: Gordon Ramsay's new 'MasterChef' is like 'American Idol' for foodies". Daily News (New York). Retrieved 14 September 2012. 
  5. ^ David Lynch at
  6. ^ "Chefs Find Winner’s Circle Familiar Turf". The New York Times. 11 June 2008. 
  7. ^ Hinckley, David (26 July 2010). [ 26_ramsay_has_a_lot_on_his_plate_stirs_pot_anew_in_masterchef.html "Sob stories, bad auditions: Gordon Ramsay's new 'MasterChef' is like 'American Idol' for foodies"]. Daily News (New York). Retrieved 14 September 2012. 
  8. ^ "Junior MasterChef". Fox. Retrieved August 12, 2013. 

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