Joe Bastianich


New York

As a successful restaurateur, vineyard owner and New York Times best-selling author, Joe Bastianich is a recognized authority on Italian food and wine. He grew up in his parents’ Italian restaurant in Queens and opened his first eatery, Becco, with his mom in the early 1990s. He and his business partner — celebrity chef Mario Batali — have a slew of restaurants (from New York to Los Angeles), including Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star Del Posto and Babbo Ristorante e Enoteca. He’s also part owner in Eataly, the world’s largest artisanal Italian food and wine marketplace. A lover of both Italian food and wine, Bastianich also co-owns several wineries in Italy. While he’s authored a few books, his latest — Restaurant Man — chronicles his journey from washing dishes in Queens to becoming a James Beard Award-winning restaurateur.