Above: Ever since it opened in 1981, Felidia in New York City has been a pioneer, leader, and benchmark for Italian fine dining in the U.S. and throughout the world (image by The Purple Passport).

It’s difficult to overestimate the impact that Lidia Bastianich has had on gastronomic culture in the United States and on the renaissance of Italian cuisine throughout the world.

She is to our generation what Julia Child and James Beard were to our parents’ generation.

A few years ago, over lunch at her home in Friuli, we asked Lidia to share her thoughts about the renaissance of Italian gastronomy and her role in Italy’s culinary conquest of the U.S. palate and hedonist imagination.

Her response was as brilliant as it was inspirational.

“When you look at the great beauty of Italy,” she said, “it’s easy to understand why the Italians are such creative people. From the [historic] Renaissance to this day, Italians have made so many contributions to the arts and culture. It was only natural that Italian cooking would do the same.”

Since 1981, her flagship restaurant in Manhattan, Felidia, has been a pioneer, leader, and benchmark for fine Italian dining in the U.S. and throughout the world.

We couldn’t be more proud that both Barone Pizzini and Pievalta wines appear on this landmark restaurant’s wine list.

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