If there’s any lingering doubts about the validity of Tom Colicchio and company’s decision to crown Kevin Sbraga the winner at the end of seaon 7 of Bravo’s Top Chef, John Mariani just put them to rest. The Esquire critic named the reality TV star’s debut effort at Broad and Spruce streets as one of the year’s best new restaurants. According to Mariani dinner there is something “you won’t soon forget,” and at $49 per person, it sets you back far less than a meal at a “mediocre restaurant in New York or Dallas or Miami.” Meanwhile across town, the Queen Village BYOB Little Fish proves it’s still relevant even after the ownership changes.
Travel + Leisure included it among the “Best Seafood Restaurants in the U.S.” It comes in at number 20 out of 33 restaurants on the list. The editors note the abundance of “flavorful combination of seafood and pork” on the cozy spot’s daily changing chalkboard menu. It’s joined by the likes of L.A.’s Son of a Gun, New York’s Le Bernardin, and Chicago’s GT Fish & Oyster on the list.
Over at Food & Wine both Ostria and Tacconelli’s made the “Best Pizza Places in the U.S.” list. The latter gets props for the tomato pies its been serving pretty much unadulterated since opening in 1918, while the former won over the editors with its baked egg, Cotechino sausage, and mozzarella Lombarda pie.