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June 23, 2009

Chef's Choice: Andrew Carmellini


The wooded interior of Avec
restaurant, in Chicago,
one of Carmellini's favorites.

Photo: Avec

Who but a chef would cross the globe for his favorite snack? In Condé Nast Traveler's July issue, Eimear Lynch asked Andrew Carmellini, who opened Locanda Verde at N.Y.C.'s Greenwich Hotel this spring, for his tips.

Favorite Global Restaurants: "Last time I went to Avec, in Chicago, I had too many drinks and ordered most of the menu. My favorite? The bollito misto pork shoulder [615 W. Randolph St.; 312-377-2002; entrées, $10-$21]. I get tapas à la pancha and simple seafood at Cal Pep, in Barcelona [8 Placa de les Olles; 34-93-310-7961; tapas, $7-$20], and go to Paris for juicy roast pigeon at L'Ami Louis--it's served with sautéed fois gras and big Burgundy snails [32 rue du Vertbois; 33-1-48-87-77-48; entrées, $52-$87]. Hostaria da Ivan, in Fontanelle, Italy, just outside Parma, has original country dishes like skillet-fried Parmesan curds, and sweet-and-sour duck with mustard fruits [73 Via Villa; 39-0521-870-113; entrées, $14-$28]."

Favorite Food Souvenir: "Wild boar salami from Autogrill roadside shops in Italy--they're the rest stops of my dreams."

Hometown Picks: "My ideal New York afternoon starts with a sandwich at Porchetta [110 E. 7th St.; 212-777-2151; entrées, $6-$14], followed by a thick, dark espresso at Abraco [86 E. 7th St.; 212-388-9731]."

Perfect In-Flight Meal: "My recipe for a salad of marinated beets with grapefruit, pistachios, and goat cheese."

Locanda Verde, 377 Greenwich Street; 212-925-3797; entrées, $18-$25.

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