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A Tuscan in the Kitchen: Recipes and Tales from My Home

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    Morso, NYC

    Tim Ryan
    Morso, NYC

    Scott Burnett
    Morso, NYC

    Mark Strausman, a Queens native, began his career in food service selling peanuts at Shea Stadium. He is the co-owner, with Pino Luongo, of Coco Pazzo in Manhattan, where he is chef. He is also the executive chef/managing director of Fred’s at Barney’s in Manhattan. and the author of author of The Campagna Table. Mark and his two sons live in New York City.

  • A pioneer of modern Italian cuisine in America, Pino Luongo made his mark with Tuscan trattoria Il Cantinori and iconic restaurants Coco Pazzo and Le Madri. Luongo recently returned to the kitchen with the opening of Morso, where executive chef Tim Ryan (formerly of Picholine and Bouley) and sous chef Scott Burnett serve impeccably crafted Mediterranean fare.

    Mark Strausman, a Queens native, began his career in food service selling peanuts at Shea Stadium. He is the co-owner, with Pino Luongo, of Coco Pazzo in Manhattan, where he is chef. He is also the executive chef/managing director of Fred’s at Barney’s in Manhattan. and the author of author of The Campagna Table. Mark and his two sons live in New York City.


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  • Pino Luongo came to America from Italy in 1980 with three passions: the Italian zest for life, his love of acting, and a passion for cooking. He is an acclaimed New York chef and restaurateur, whose restaurants includ Centolire, Coco Pazzo, and Tuscan Square. Two Meatballs is Luongo’s fifth cookbook, preceded by A Tuscan in the Kitchen, Simply Tuscan, Fish Talking, and La Mia Cucina Toscana. Luongo lives with his wife and children in Westchester, where he coaches his son’s soccer team, listens to Italian pop songs and opera, and cooks.

Chef Pino Luongo. Cookbook Author and Restauranteur.

After 16 years Pino Luongo has closed Le Madri on West 18th Street. Mr. Luongo said the landlord wanted the space back and bought out his lease. Mr. Luongo is now cooking at Centolire, his restaurant at 1167 Madison Avenue (85th Street). He said he...