On December 17, 2012Joe Bastianich answered the question:Lately, I’ve been loving Hong Kong because we’re opening restaurants there, and I’ve been spending a lot of time there. I love the Chinese and the culture; it’s an amazing place. I spent two weeks in Hong Kong, and I was just blown away. You just realize the magnitude and history of the Chinese food culture. It’s really kind of mind-blowing. It’s pretty cliché, but I’ve always loved Paris. I went to Hawaii for the first time last year, which was kind of mind-blowing. On the Big Island, I went to Kona. Kona has the best of everything. You feel like you’re on another planet with all of the Polynesian culture; meanwhile you’re right there in the good old United States of America. As far as nature goes, it’s a very mystical place. It’s very powerful.
On December 17, 2012Joe Bastianich answered the question:Lately, I’ve been into eating a little bit simpler. In Rome, there’s a place called Antico Forno Roscioli, which is off of Campo de Fiori, and it’s a simple, almost delicatessen-like place with a restaurant in the back. It has the best Roman pastas in the world. There’s really nothing quite like that. When I was in Paris, I ate at Les Ambassadeurs, inside the Hôtel de Crillon. It is one of the most quintessential fine-dining experiences in the world. I also love to go to Barcelona’s Cal Pep and eat at the counter. If I’m going to go luxury, I’ll go extreme luxury — a four- or five-hour lunch with champagne. Or I’ll just have a burrito a la plancha in Spain.