A little birdie told me...
...that The Food Network is filming at Vinnies on Broadway from 11am to 8 pm today. Not sure what show, but I suspect its DD&D since they are filming the prep of several dishes. Hopefully it won't make it impossible to get in after in airs in a couple months.
OK- Got the full scoop it was the new show "Meat and Potatoes". They focused on making the aranchini and Osso Buco. We watched Vinny get interviewed and they also interviewed my daughter and then filmed us while we ate. It was pretty tight in there with the production crew everywhere, but everyone was cool about the tight space and it was really fun watching how they set everything up. Vinny is going to get lots of good exposure from this.
(Vinny is on the left in white and the host of the show, Rahm Fama, is the bald guy with glasses on the right.)
There's been a fair amount of chatter about Vinny's having had a tough winter. We two were able to get a seat immediately at 6-6:30 on Friday night, but it filled out by 7. No long waits though I would guess the expansion with the bar has helped alleviate some of the waits. In any case, it was not as slammed as I have seen it in the past.
The offerings on the antipasti table were awesome as usual - That and a glass of wine may be my single favorite thing to eat in Boston.
Our two entrees were a special - clams and shrimp in pesto with the homemade mafalda - and sausage and broccoli rabe with garlic and oil with a side of tomato sauce over homemade fusilli - both were just outstanding. The leftovers barely made it to morning.
The place is slap the table good.