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Dirty Dishes: A Restaurateur's Story of Passion, Pain, and Pasta Hardcover – December 23, 2008
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I was not disappointed in this book at all. I was very impressed by the writing and the story about Pino, his successes and his failure in the end by over reaching when he shouldn't have. He is what he says he is, brutally honest. He doesn't hide his frustrations or his failures which makes this a very good read.
For anyone wanting to know more about the restaurant business in general and a success story turning into semi-failure (He didn't lose it all), this is a really good book. It makes me want to spend a week or two in Pino's kitchen so I can really learn how to cook pasta. If only he did seminar's or small classes on a regular basis, I'd be there in a heartbeat!!!
Pino story is funny, heartwarming and controversial. His voice is passionate about his craft and the politics that surrounds it. He posses many questions that some Journalists have chosen to ignore over the years. Tim Zagat's phone book being one that Pino outs as a publication that is less of the people and more of the politics. His opinions are shape and as you read on you realize it's not that he does not care. You learn that his Italian upbringing is what prevents him from kissing up to frauds. As a dinner I now know why my favorite little place around the corner never gets a big mention in Zagat's but last night it was full.
Through a friend, I had the pleasure of meeting Pino in late '97. For two years my friend and I had the pleasure of dining frequently at Le Madri, Coco Pazzo, Coco Opera, Coco Marina and Tuscan Square. I also dined several times at Sapore Di Mare in the Hamptons. Reading Dirty Dishes brought back all those great memories. I enjoyed the book so much that I started reading it again. My next visit will be to Centolire. I hope that Pino is there when I stop by.
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Greats story by a true chef who loves his profession , his food and his clientsPublished 14 months ago by Erez C.
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 on November 13, 2013 by Elizabeth Drum
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