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Best of 2009


This past year has been full of great meals and food that is very bad for me. Here are some of the things I enjoyed eating in 2009:

Best Pizza
Ai Marmi (Rome)
I Decumani (Naples)
Li Rioni (Rome)

Best Lahmacun
Halil (Istanbul)
Köşebaşı Fındık Lahmacun (Istanbul)

Best Poultry
Piccione alla Licarda (Il Frantoio di Giulia in Montecchio, Umbria)
Hebert’s Turducken (Tulsa, Oklahoma)
Random rotisserie chicken bought on the side of the road (Vieques, Puerto Rico)

Best Offal
Augustarello (Rome)
Momofuku Ssam Bar (NYC)
St John (London)

Best Pizza by the Slice
00100 (Rome)
Roscioli (Rome)
Forno Campo de’ Fiori (Rome)

Best Wine List
Terrior (NYC)
Casa Bleve (Rome)
Hearth (NYC)

Best Steak (Raw or Cooked)
Cantina Lucifero (Rome)
Bourbon Steak (Washington, DC)
All’Antico Ristoro di Cambi (Florence)

Best Dessert
Setteveli at Massaro (Palermo)
Panacea at Fata Morgana (Rome)
Cremolose at Il Chiosco delle Cremolose (Palermo)
Patlican tatlısı at Ciya (Istanbul)

Best Pork Product or Dish
Wild Boar Sausage from Salumeria Biellese (NYC)
Watermelon and Pork Belly Salad at Fatty Crab (NYC)
Mamma Parla’s Split Pea and Ham Soup (NJ)


  1. Lucinda Keller December 31, 2009 at 10:33 am - Reply

    Read your post and I am more excited than ever for my Italy trip in April!
    Thank you! Although now I am completely starving.

    LOVE your blog.

  2. Terry Heller December 31, 2009 at 2:34 pm - Reply

    I totally agree about The Fatty Crab – what other New York restaurants did you enjoy this year?

    • Katie January 1, 2010 at 5:36 pm - Reply

      Hey Terry! What’s new? I enjoyed Momofuku Ssam & Noodle Bar (for lots of porky and offal goodness), Hearth, Terroir (their fried lamb sausage is to die for), Char No 4 (for bourbon cocktails and lamb pastrami), Corner Bistro (for a good greasy burger), and Frankie’s Spuntino on Clinton. How about you?

  3. Mamma Parla December 31, 2009 at 6:41 pm - Reply

    Thx for including me on your list of favs. Will make it again before you leave for Roma. Happy New Year!

    • Katie January 1, 2010 at 5:37 pm - Reply

      Oh and mom, you are quite welcome. That split pea soup is legendary and some days it is all i can think about.

  4. shayma January 8, 2010 at 7:14 pm - Reply

    Lovely list. Happy New Year, Katie. x

  5. Diana Delatorre January 16, 2010 at 12:02 am - Reply

    Can we see the list of Top 10 Flagrant Abuses of Food Safety in your Travels please?

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