Milo Meed decided to take up arms?not in a battle against anyone else, but in the fight against obesity in his Harlem neighborhood. After trying to entice neighborhood business owners to bring healthier food options to the area, Milo decided to take action himself, and Island Salad was born. Since then, he and his staff have served up Caribbean-inspired salads, made with jerk chicken, spicy shrimp, and mango salsa. Diners seeking a hot meal find satisfaction here too, with a selection of pressed sandwiches, wraps, and burritos. To wash it all down or adhere to their "I'm a fish" diet, guests can opt for liquid refreshment in the form of made-to-order juice blends and sodas. They can also bring food to the eatery in the form of nonperishable goods for donation to City Harvest.
Angelo and John opened Tuscany Deli after working in the food business for decades, drawing on their knowledge of Italian food and customer service. Each day their cooks build specialty sandwiches and grill paninis stuffed with chicken, imported prosciutto, and sun-dried tomatoes. They also feature hearty daily specials including pot roast and housemade lasagna. For at-home dining, they offer Boar’s Head cold cuts by the pound and party-catering packages to celebrate birthdays or commemorate a successful attempt to eat everything in the refrigerator.
Guy & Gallard doesn't mind where people choose to savor its menu of more than 70 breakfast items, sandwiches, soups, and pastas. Diners also get to design their own sandwiches out of diverse ingredients that range from albacore-tuna salad and grilled vegetables to tandoori chicken and prosciutto. To sate health-minded stomachs and hungry treadmills, the menu uses a green leaf to denote the meals that have less fat and fewer calories.
Though she's one of five hosts of ABC's food talk show, The Chew, Carla Hall has no trouble standing out from the crowd. You can tell her apart from her cohosts, such as restaurateur Mario Batali and wellness enthusiast Daphne Oz, in numerous ways: her funky glasses, her penchant for calling out "hootie hoo," or, perhaps most unique of all, her love of homestyle comfort-food cooking.?
Born in Nashville, Hall specializes in Southern staples, made with French techniques she perfected at Maryland's L'Academie de Cuisine. Her creations earned her a slot on two seasons of Bravo's Top Chef, where she earned raves from the judges for her gumbo. The secret behind the stellar dish? Cooking with love. Hall believes the chef's feelings shine through in the food, which is why angry people can only make hot sauce. Hall still cooks with love today, too, whipping up bite-size sweet and savory cookies and creating original recipes for her cookbooks. She recently announced the development of her very first restaurant?Carla Hall?s Southern Kitchen?slated to open in New York City next year. A fast-casual love letter to Nashville, the restaurant will feature iconic Nashville hot chicken and southern sides, which are anchored by Hall?s family recipes and perfected with her personal touches.
At Saverio's Stone Fire Bistro, Chef Nicola Bertolotti decks out Northern Italian cuisine and pizzas with ingredients such as filet mignon, prosciutto, goat cheese, and truffles. He and his staff hand stretch rounds of dough atop a marble counter before covering them with sauce and toppings and thrusting them into the depths of a mammoth, tiled hearth oven, where high, even heat bakes them to a delectable crunch. Pizza combinations include options such as a quartet of cheeses?mozzarella, gorgonzola, fontina, and ricotta?or mozzarella, truffle cream, ham, and truffle oil. The oven also produces pastas coated in black-truffle or vodka sauces, arriving alongside paninis and salads that cut all the richness with lemony dressings.
A burbling waterfall covered in plants and pebbles stands sentry in front of Saverio?s fieldstone fa?ade. Inside, slatted wooden furniture, checkerboard linens, big umbrellas, and candles clustered with small wicker baskets evoke a picnic atmosphere even when the waterfall?s iced over. If diners look up, they?ll see something even more surprising: high above their heads stretches a cross section of an Italian alleyway, complete with a trompe l?oeil streetscape mural, flower boxes, roof tiles, and clotheslines strung between two ?buildings? like pasta noodles in the mouths of two young Venetians in love.