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|
Joseph "Joe" Bastianich (born September 17, 1968 in New York City) is an American Restaurateur, who, along with partners Lidia Bastianich and Mario Batali, own thirty successful restaurants worldwide, including Babbo and Del Posto in NYC, Carnevino in Las Vegas, and in 2010, expanded the famed LA eateries Pizzeria and Osteria Mozza to Singapore. Earlier that same year, the trio teamed up with Italian retail pioneer Oscar Farinetti to bring Eataly, the largest artisanal food and wine market in the world to New York, with the Chicago outpost following in 2013.
Family background and personal life
The son of Felice and Lidia Bastianich, Joseph Bastianich was born in Astoria, Queens in 1968. Raised working in his parents Italian restaurant Felidia in Manhattan, he attended Fordham Preparatory School before attending Boston College, where he studied finance.
When Joe is not working the dining room at one of his many restaurants or whipping up new business ventures, he can be found at his home in Greenwich, CT, playing guitar and spending time with his wife, Deanna, and their three children, whom he counts as his greatest achievements to date.
After spending a year on Wall Street, he took an extended trip to Italy. 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 Posto 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, 3 restaurants in Los Angeles, 2 restaurants in Singapore, 1 Italian market in Chicago, and two restaurants in Hong Kong.
Joe has co-authored two award winning books on Italian wine, and in its first week of release in May of 2012, Joe’s highly anticipated memoir, Restaurant Man, became a New York Times Best Seller. A bold retelling of a life lived steeped in the ever-evolving New York City restaurant scene; Joe brazenly shares the adventures that took him from his family’s first “red sauce joint” in 1970’s Queens, to the renowned culinary empire that is the Batali & Bastianich Hospitality Group of today. He has received numerous accolades for his groundbreaking work in the field and in 2008 the James Beard Foundation honored him once again by presenting him and Mario with the much revered Outstanding Restaurateur Award.
A former judge on FOX’s MasterChef and MasterChef Junior, Joe continues to reprise his role on the Italian version of the franchise on Sky’s hugely successful and pop culture phenomenon MasterChef Italia.
Joe’s latest TV venture is CNBC’s new reality hit [Restaurant Startup (TV series)|]], where he both stars in and serves as Executive Producer along with Shine America. Giving budding culinary entrepreneurs the chance of a lifetime, Joe and chef/restaurateur Tim Love vie against each other to invest their own money in restaurant concepts they feel have what it takes to make it in today’s cut throat market.
- "Bastianich, Joseph". Current Biography Yearbook 2011. Ipswich, Massachusetts: H.W. Wilson. 2011. pp. 50–54. ISBN 9780824211219.
- Yi, Christine (2008-10-28). "Passion for Food Adjusts to Fit Passion for Running". The New York Times.
- Bruni, Frank (2004-06-09). "Arias From the Kitchen As the Dining Room Rocks". The New York Times.
- Sifton, Sam (2010-09-29). "A Modern Italian Master". The New York Times.
- "Chefs Find Winner’s Circle Familiar Turf". The New York Times. 2008-06-11.
- Hinckley, David (2010-07-26). "Sob stories, bad auditions: Gordon Ramsay's new 'MasterChef' is like 'American Idol' for foodies". New York: Daily News.
- Joe Bastianich website
- Bio from Batali & Bastianich Hospitality Group website
- Bio from Babbo restaurant website
- Bio from Vino Italiano book website
Restaurants owned or operated by Batali and Bastianich Hospitality Group
- B&B Burger & Beer, Las Vegas
- B&B Ristorante, Las Vegas
- BABBO Ristorante e Enoteca, New York City
- Bar Jamon, New York City
- Becco, New York City
- Birreria, New York City
- Carnevino Italian Steakhouse, Las Vegas, Nevada / Hong Kong
- Casa Mono, New York City
- Chi Spacca, Los Angeles
- Del Posto, New York City
- Eataly NYC, New York City
- ESCA, New York City
- Felidia, New York City
- Lidia’s, Kansas City, Missouri
- Lidia's Italy, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
- LUPA, New York City
- Mozza2Go, Los Angeles, California
- Orsone, Frazione Gagliano, Italy
- Osteria Mozza, Los Angeles, California / Singapore
- OTTO Enoteca Pizzeria, New York City / Las Vegas
- Pizzeria Mozza, Los Angeles, California / Newport Beach, California / Singapore / San Diego
- Tarry Market, Port Chester
- Tarry Wine, Port Chester
- Tarry Lodge, Port Chester / Westport, Connecticut
- Tarry Lodge, New Haven, Connecticut
- 2015. Healthy Pasta: The Sexy, Skinny, and Smart Way to Eat Your Favorite Food. Knopf
- 2014. Giuseppino. Da New York all'Italia: storia del mio ritorno a casa. UTET
- 2013. Restaurant Man. Plume
- 2010. Grandi Vini: An Opinionated Tour of Italy's 89 Finest Wines. Clarkson Potter
- 2005. Vino Italiano: The Regional Wines of Italy. Clarkson Potter
- MasterChef (US TV series)
- MasterChef Italia
- MasterChef Junior
- Lidia's Italy
- Restaurant Startup
- MasterChef Canada