“And the Beard Award for Flashiest Shirt goes to....” Photo: Patrick McMullan
Cesare Casella of Maremma
is known for his way with livestock (we’ve written of his specialty breed of pigs
and his much-prized Chianina cattle herd
). However the Tuscan-cooking guru made his first big product splash with his Republic of Beans import company, and he’s now looking to get back into the beans business. Casella is in negotiations to open Bean Bar, a carryout shop in Grand Central Station that will sell some of his signature Tuscan bean dishes as well as uncooked beans and possibly other Italian products. “The main idea is to have cooked beans,” Casella tells us. “They’re great and so healthy, but for many people, they are a pain in the ass to cook. I want them to be able to take home beans when they go home on the train.” Families around the tri-state area will definitely be thanking Casella for that.