Is Tony Mantuano ever inspired by wine to create a dish?
Absolutely. Our sommelier at Spiaggia, Jason Carlen, is always pushing us to do new menus. We’ll sit down with those menus and taste things. If he has an idea like, “Let’s do an all-volcano tasting menu, meaning that I’m going to pour wines that grow on or near volcanoes and you’re going to taste them and you’re going to be inspired by the food of Vesuvius or Mount Etna in Sicily.” It’s pretty cool.