Michael White

Chef

New York

While his soulful Italian cuisine indicates otherwise, Michael White isn’t an Italian native. In fact, he spent his childhood in Wisconsin; cooking was simply a family pastime. White decided to try culinary school, enrolling at Kendall Culinary Institute. A year later, he was prepping in Chicago’s most famous Italian restaurant, Spiaggia. White ventured to Italy, training with the venerated chef Valentino Marcattilii at Ristorante San Domenico. It was here that he began his Italian transformation, studying the hands-on, ingredient-driven cooking style. In 2001, White returned to Spiaggia as chef de cuisine. A year later, he moved to New York as executive chef of Fiamma Osteria. White is now the chef and owner of the Altamarea Group, which is comprised of 11 restaurants, including Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star Marea.

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  • On November 30, 2012
    Michael White answered the question: Michael White

    What are Michael White's favorite bars and lounges?

    Pegu Club. Julie Rainer is the bartender and she’s done a fabulous job. But I like drinks outside of the country. The Kona Kai Bar in London—having a beautiful drink made there. The Four Seasons in Hong Kong, the Blue Bar—beautiful. The hotel itself is fabulous, just gorgeous. The Four Seasons in Florence. I mean, drinks there and espresso.

    Also, the InterContinental in Hong Kong for drinks. Unbelievable view.
  • On October 29, 2012
    Alexandra Guarnaschelli answered the question: Alexandra Guarnaschelli

    What are Eric Ripert's favorite cities to travel to?

    Hong Kong. For food people, there’s so much there to see. Everywhere you turn in Hong Kong, there are pork buns steaming in a basket. You go in the food courts, you go in these complexes, and the food quality is amazing. And then Singapore, Istanbul — I was just in Istanbul for the first time, and it’s just amazing there. The east/west kind of feel, and the food, it’s just amazing. I learn so much when I travel. Travel is knowledge. It broadens your horizons.
  • On October 29, 2012
    Eric Ripert answered the question: Eric Ripert

    What are Eric Ripert's favorite cities to travel to?

    I love Paris, London, Tokyo, Barcelona. I grew up very close to Barcelona, from age 9 to 17, so I was spending all my weekends there. I love the integration of the antique part of the city with the more modern part of the city. I love the vibe and the ambience of the people there. And, there are a lot of good restaurants.
  • On October 19, 2012
    Eric Ripert answered the question: Eric Ripert

    What are Eric Ripert's favorite cities to travel to?

    I love Paris, London, Tokyo, Barcelona. I grew up very close to Barcelona, from age 9 to 17, so I was spending all my weekends there. I love the integration of the antique part of the city with the more modern part of the city. I love the vibe and the ambience of the people there. And, there are a lot of good restaurants.
  • On October 19, 2012
    Eric Ripert answered the question: Eric Ripert

    What are Eric Ripert's favorite cities to travel to?

    I love Paris, London, Tokyo, Barcelona. I grew up very close to Barcelona, from age 9 to 17, so I was spending all my weekends there. I love the integration of the antique part of the city with the more modern part of the city. I love the vibe and the ambience of the people there. And, there are a lot of good restaurants.
  • On October 18, 2012
    Michael White answered the question: Michael White

    What are the best Italian restaurants in New York City?

    I’m married to an Italian and I cook at home. People have this idea that chefs are always outside eating in their restaurants. And it’s true, but it’s usually always something unhealthy late at night. Then, when we do cook, it’s usually at home. I mean, I cook with my daughter Francesca and I have to tell you, the last thing I want to eat is Italian food. I’m looking for wasabi, I’m looking for dumplings, chile, things like that. I’m going to pass on that question because the last time I had Italian food in New York City, I was at Patsy’s with a friend of mine and that is like a total throwback. Every Italian restaurant has its own niche.
  • On October 18, 2012
    Laurent Tourondel answered the question: Laurent Tourondel

    What are the best Italian restaurants in New York City?

    I don’t know if it is the best but I would say my favorite right now is Eataly because you can really get the feel of different concepts and different ideas and you can eat different food inside. Based on Italy that is important.
  • On October 18, 2012
    Laurent Tourondel answered the question: Laurent Tourondel

    What are the best Italian restaurants in New York City?

    I don’t know if it is the best but I would say my favorite right now is Eataly because you can really get the feel of different concepts and different ideas and you can eat different food inside. Based on Italy that is important.
  • On October 18, 2012
    Laurent Tourondel answered the question: Laurent Tourondel

    What are the best Italian restaurants in New York City?

    I don’t know if it is the best but I would say my favorite right now is Eataly because you can really get the feel of different concepts and different ideas and you can eat different food inside. Based on Italy that is important.
  • On October 18, 2012
    Michael White answered the question: Michael White

    What are the five best things to see and do in New York City?

    Starting at the bottom, I would say getting on the Staten Island Ferry. It’s one of the great free things in the city. You can take shots of the Statue of Liberty, and it gives you real perspective. The views from Staten Island toward the city and Brooklyn are fabulous. I would definitely walk over the Brooklyn Bridge. I would walk to Central Park. It’s amazing how when you’re in the middle of Central Park, you really get the sense that you’re not in a big city because of the fact that it’s very quiet and peaceful. Then when you get to the edges, you start hearing the taxis and the horns. You smell the manure from the horses. You might smell hot dogs cooking on a hot dog cart. New York City is pretty awesome for all those things. Theater — you must see a show when you’re here. A lot of times, people come to the city because they have to go to a conference or do certain things. I actually had some friends in from Italy recently, and they said the greatest thing about New York City was that we had no plans. I think so many times when people go places, like to Italy or to New York, you have this set itinerary and you have to stay on it. The greatest part of the city is you can just live it the way New Yorkers do.
  • On October 18, 2012
    Laurent Tourondel answered the question: Laurent Tourondel

    What are the five best things to see and do in New York City?

    1. Statue of Liberty

    2. Helicopter tour around Manhattan

    3. Central Park

    4. New York Opera

    5. I always recommend doing some fishing because I fish, so maybe trout fishing in Montauk or some trout fishing.