Joe Bastianich in New York City (2011)
September 17, 1968
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
The son of Felice and Lidia Bastianich, Joseph Bastianich was born in Astoria, Queens, New York City, New York, in 1968, 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.
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. , 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, and Eataly (an Italian marketplace). In 2010, Del Posts  received a four-star review from The New York Times.. 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.
Restaurants owned or operated by Batali and Bastianich Hospitality Group
|Restaurant||Location||Awards and Recognition|
|Felidia||New York City, New York||"Three Stars"
from The New York Times
"Outstanding Restaurant U.S." Nominee from The James Beard Award
|Becco||New York City, New York|
|BABBO Ristorante e Enoceta||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||Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania||"Three Stars"
from The Pittsburgh Post-Gozette in 2008
|LUPA||New York City, New York|
|ESCA||New York City, New York / Hong Kong|
|Lidia’s Italy||Kansas City, Missouri|
|OTTO Enoteca Pizzeria||New York City / Las Vegas|
|Bar Jamon||New York City, New York|
|Casa Mono||New York City, New York|
|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||Los Angeles, California / Newport Beach, California / Singapore / San Diego|
|Terry Lodge||Port Chester, New York / Westport, Connecticut|
|Mozza2Go||Los Angeles, California|
|Eataly NYC||New York City, New York|
|Tarry Market||Port Chester, New York|
|Birreria||New York City|
|Tarry Wine||Port Chester, New York||"Outstanding Wine & Spirits of 2005"
From The James Beard Award
|Orsone||Frazione Gagliano, Italy|
|B&B burger & Beer||Las Vegas|
|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), 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. In 2008, he and Mario Batali were awarded the James Beard Foundation's Outstanding Restaurateur Award.
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.
- "Bastianich, Joseph". Current Biography Yearbook 2011. Ipswich, Massachusetts: H.W. Wilson. 2011. pp. 50–54. ISBN 9780824211219.
- Yi, Christine (28 October 2008). "Passion for Food Adjusts to Fit Passion for Running". The New York Times.
- Sifton, Sam (28 September 2010). "A Modern Italian Master". The New York Times. Retrieved 14 September 2012.
- 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.
- David Lynch at Italianmade.com
- "Chefs Find Winner’s Circle Familiar Turf". The New York Times. 11 June 2008.
- Hinckley, David (26 July 2010). [http://www.nydailynews.com/entertainment/tv/2010/07/26/2010-07- 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.
- "Junior MasterChef". Fox.com. Fox. Retrieved August 12, 2013.