Excerpted from Italian Grill by Mario Batali and Judith Sutton (Ecco Press, and Imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, 2008). © 2008 by Mario Batali and Judith Sutton.
Mario Batali is a chef, restaurateur, author and television personality. He has restaurants around the world, including Babbo, which was honored as "Best New Restaurant of 1998" by the James Beard Foundation. Batali has written nine cookbooks, hosted televison shows for the Food Network, and starred in PBS' series "Spain...On the Road Again" and in ABC's talk show "The Chew." The James Beard Foundation named him "Best Chef: New York City" in 2001 and "Outstanding Chef of the Year" in 2005. He is the founder of the Mario Batali Foundation.
Judith Sutton is a cookbook editor and consultant, food writer and recipe tester. She is the author of cookbooks such as Champagne & Caviar & Other Delicacies and Sweet Gratitude. Her writing has appeared in Chocolatier, Food & Wine, Fine Cooking, Gourmet and Library Journal, where she writes a monthly cookbook column.