Batali partner and heir apparent to the Lidia’s Italy empire, Joe Bastianich has “switched from marathon eating to marathon training,” according to the Times. Bastianich, who will race in the New York City Marathon on Sunday, picked up running two years ago after being diagnosed with sleep apnea, and has since shed 45 pounds. His wife, Deanna, is obviously psyched for his improved health, but admits she’s “still getting used to seeing Joe in the spandex running pants.” Plus, you’ve got to love Lidia’s Italian-mother maneuver, calling her son’s path to overindulgence “a potent current, a beautiful, enriching current.” But the highlight of this story is its happy ending. Unlike reformed Italian ham and triathlete Rocco DiSpirito, Bastianich has sculpted his physique on a steady diet of breakfast risotto, steak, face-bacon pizza, and Champagne.
A steak awaits Bastianich after the finish line. Photo: Douglas Healey /The New York Times/Redux