What inspires Tony Mantuano?

I think the country of Italy inspires me. Ingredients inspire me. Working with the next generation of young chefs is really inspiring. More so than anything else, it’s what people tell you when you talk to them. People who are dining in the restaurant or outside of the restaurant when you’re walking down the street and someone just tells you, “I love your food.” And I say, “Thank you very much,” and it just makes my day. It’s really inspiring to know that you are making people happy.

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