How does Tony Mantuano order when he dines out?
My preference is to ask what’s really good or what’s not to be missed while I’m here and try to eat the way the chef wants me to eat and keep an open mind. I’ve never really returned two nights in a row to the same restaurant until recently, when we were in Venice. We went to Ristorante di Quadri in Piazza San Marco, which is like the most touristy place in the world, and it has a fine-dining restaurant upstairs. We went there and it was so good that we went back the next night. We just basically let the chef cook. But again, it wasn’t as much about the food — and the food was unbelievable — but the way we were treated was even more memorable.