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From Our Editors
It's easy to see why Little Italy's Ciao Bella attracts celebrity diners such as Olympian Michael Phelps—and it's even easier to taste why. Chef Tony Gambino is simply a magician when it comes to Italian cuisine. His creations range from traditional eggplant parmigiana and house-made gnocchi in vodka sauce to funkier dishes, such as escargot in a garlic and basil-butter marinade.
Chef Tony takes a very hands-on approach to everything at Ciao Bella, going so far as to pinch his cooks' cheeks when they do a good job. He even created the wine list himself, an array of more than 40 labels from across Italy, as well as New World wines from Napa and Sonoma Valley. He also helped pick the restaurant's leaders—they're all his relatives, making this a truly family-run eatery.