Only in LA: our cousins down south are freaking out about their new Silverton/Batali
feedlot restaurant complex:
And then there is the name: Trattoria del Latte, Enoteca del Latte and Pizzeria del Latte. The milk obsession is making some prospective investors a little nervous. What if the public is lactose-intolerant?
But surely they will just think it's a Starbucks?
And Russ Parsons gets the last word, on "Kobe" beef:
Both a waitress at Sterling Steak House and Sterling's chef Andrew Pastore claimed their porterhouse was the real thing, imported straight from Japan. When told that if this was true, it was completely illegal. Pastore adopted a Brooklyn wise-guy stance: "I let my suppliers worry about that."
(The next day his publicist clarified that what Pastore really meant was that the meat came from Japanese cows that had been brought to the U.S. to be slaughtered -- which would also be illegal.)