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"You may not know the name Pino Luongo. Yet the Italian-born chef was synonymous with the high-powered New York dining scene of the '80s and '90s, his hot temper and even hotter restaurants providing endless grist for the city's gossip mill... Boldfaced names from the worlds of art, fashion and finance would follow Luongo... But beyond the stars... the most vividly etched character in the book is the grungy New York of the '80s, a place where nouvelle cuisine and crime rules. Luongo helps change that apocalyptic landscape, kick-starting not only the vogue for authentic, regional Italian cooking but the era of the emperor chef. " -- New York Post
I like Pino just a little more after reading this book. Just a little. The book gave some nice behind the scenes info on some of the hottest places to eat.Published 9 months ago by Elizabeth Drum
The most famous chef you never heard of, but thanks to Anthony Boudain's RESTAURANT CONFIDENTIAL I was eager to get my hands on the biography of this Tuscan imigrant who started... Read morePublished 16 months ago by J. R. BARONE
I read Kitchen Confidential and enjoyed its insider's look at the restaurant business. That book refers to Pino Luongo so I decided to read this. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Momof3
I have known Pino for a long time following the many paths. What a wonderful guy and a wonderfully passionate book. Read morePublished on October 4, 2009 by James H. Millis Jr.
DIRTY DISHES; A RESTAURATEUR'S STORY OF PASSION, PAIN AND PASTA provides a powerful story of a restaurant 'giant' who tells his side of the story of his legendary rise to fame. Read morePublished on September 15, 2009 by Midwest Book Review