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Feb 1, 1998 09:57 AM


  • p

Am curious if anyone belongs to the Slow-Food movement
which is headquarted in Bra, Piemonte, Italy. I am
always looking for a restaurant that serves real
Italian food in NYC.

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  1. I subscribed for a year. They are active here
    in the US but we were in Italy at the time.
    If you enroll there it helps to read Italian,
    as their superb cookbooks are available
    discounted (such as the cuisine of the ports
    in Le Marche and a new volume on Abruzzo).
    There are annual guides to the "osterie" or
    places that were/are/wish to be country or
    city inns serving authetic local food. This
    is highly variable as local input helps
    determine the listing. My favorite Venetian
    places (Al Mascaron and Vini da Pinto) are to
    be found there.) The places in Le Marche
    (where we live in the summer) are good, but
    cannot compare to mother-in-law's cooking
    (organic farming, century old recipes,
    mastery in kitchen, good taste) so we are
    spoiled (but wrote a cookbook on her art). If
    you read Italian, by all means join, and go
    when possible to the get togethers the local
    chapters arrange, as you meet delightful
    people who go out of their way to enjoy the
    traditional cooking, which is slowly

    4 Replies
    1. re: allan evans

      Please define, "Slow Food". Thanks.

      1. re: pat

        A movement founded in Italy, by ArciGola, to keep
        alive and disseminate the tradition of preparing
        food reflecting culture, history, local
        ingredients, and above all, the absence of
        rapidly-prepared convenience foods which overtake
        the previous.

        1. re: allan evans

          An eloquent definition. Thanks.

      2. re: allan evans
        Lothar Tubbesing - germany

        I am a board member of Slow Food Germany, if you are
        looking for a contact in the US, see Jonathan White at
        the Egg Farm Dairy in Peekskill/NY
        if you need to have a more profound informationbasis
        check the homepage of Slow Food International ( 60 -
        80.000 members worldwide) at

        Hope to hear from you


      3. Sorry for not answering your main concern: we
        have yet to find an Italian restaurant in new
        work that was not variable (Manducatis can be
        great but also pedestrian) or too pricey ($1 per
        noodle at the chichi "northern" Italian joints).
        It's a good idea to get some cookbooks it at
        home until a decent, affordable place
        materializes. It's also hard to get Italian
        chefs, sous-chefs, etc.: one needs to bring
        entire families over.

        1 Reply
        1. re: allan evans
          Peter Palmieri

          Allan, My sincere apologies for not responding to your
          commentary sooner. The reason is simple. I and my
          computer were not working well. I have been looking
          for the time to try Manducatis for some time--from
          where I am in NJ the thought of going across the 59th
          Street Bridge dampens my curiosity about the
          restaurant. If all goes well I will be visiting Slow
          Food's restaurant in Bra next month plus several other
          ones in Piemonte. Are there any other guidebooks than
          Slow Food's that you find reliable?

        2. Trouble with keyboard: hard to find decent places
          in New York. Do it at home (get great ingredients).