Meanwhile back at #chezFrank…
Spaghetti di Gragnano with anchovies.
Anchovies melted in olive oil with garlic. Simplicity at its best here I’m fooling around again with a dish that has been in my mind for 20 years plus but has never made it on to any of my menus. Anchovies always a hard sell here in the states have a bad rap from all the years of shitty pizzeria hacks with cigarettes hanging out of their mouths using old nasty oil soaked pasty ones on their garbage pies and freaking out the general populous. Once you have had a nasty pasty oil soaked anchovy it’s hard to shake the gross texture and flavor from your mind, sort of like getting drunk on gin and never being able to whiff it again. Well I am here to tell you there is another world you have been missing called SALT packed anchovies which have a completely different non pasty texture and a much more subtle flavor and I’m going to put this pasta on again with the hope of blazing a new path of anchovy heaven for all who have been marked for life unfairly by crappy cured fish.
#markedforlifebycrappyfish #pastawithanchovies #bebrave #forgeanewpath #takechances #smelltheginonceagain #saltpackedanchovies #anchovygreatness #foodporn #nofilter #simplicity #siciliansaltedanchovies look for this dish @frankrestaurant next week. Please call ahead to be sure we have it. (at Frank Restaurant)
Meanwhile back at #ChezFrank….
Sausage, porcini mushrooms, sage and butternut squash Ragu…
There are few matches more magical in the fall then this one. The chewy fatty piggy against the soft velvety foresty mushroom pushing up against the tender buttery sweetness of the squash and the medicinal sage leaves you in a state of flabbergasted fallness.
This will soon find its way into the @supperNYC menu so stay tuned. #foodporn #sausage #sage #porcini
Curved Wall House.
“From deep within the ground it shall rise up to touch the sky”
More progress on the concrete formwork for this massive house/sculpture. What you are seeing here is the first floor wood form with its rebar skeleton. Two more levels to go above this. #miami #curvedwallhouse #sculpture #art #chezFrankMiami #dreamsdocometrue #builder #dreamer #design #ChristianWassmann #treehouse (at Miami Beach)
I’m not a big fan of chef whites. It just seems like such a “look at me” look. Its like saying hey yeah I’m the chef and I’m in charge. Ego is one of the worst parts of this business. You can never lose sight of the fact that you’re feeding people and their reaction and relationship to your food is all that really matters. Chefs set the tone with their waiters and the whole restaurant feeds off it. If its not friendly it kinda sucks. #myphilosophy #mytwocents #benice #inspire #educate #rememberitshospitality #chezFrank
Ripped Burrata, vine ripe beefsteak tomatoes, torn basil, calabrese olive oil and Cyprus Black Sea salt,
All mozzarella is NOT created equal and this especially applies to burrata. Those of you who have had my burrata flown in every Wednesday night from Puglia and sitting on your table Thursday night oozing, spreading, and leaking all over the place know how incredible my burrata is. Soft, supple creamy and almost nutty its the most amazing mess you have ever seen. Here I just ripped it apart in my hands and coated the ripe beefsteaks. Wow what a cheese. #burrata #mozzarella #mozz #foodporn #mozzandtomatoes #rippedcheese #stracciatella #imported #puglia #chezFrank #thanksgivingfeast
Handwritten first draft of thanksgiving menu.
I’m cooking thanksgiving this year at #chezFrank. It’s always a pleasure to keep the traditions up and keep the family together by continuing what our grandparents before us started. As Italians we honor them by staying together and close for each other as they would have wanted us to be. It helps to have great examples to live up to. You can find those types of people all over NYC and that’s the main reason I personally love living here.
Enjoy tomorrow folks and be thankful for every moment of our lives, each and every day is truly a gift.
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Over the years we have stayed open @frankrestaurant @lilfrankies @supperNYC and now @Sauce_nyc for Thanksgiving because we felt there weren’t any other home style places in the area to go to. I always felt it was our responsibility to stay open on holidays for people not as blessed as some of us with big families and lots of invites to friends homes or just people that are away from home. When you spend the whole year trying to make people feel at home in your restaurant it doesn’t make sense to let those people down on family days when they need us the most. My staff alternates yearly with the day and they sit at the end of the shift for thanksgiving together. We have some seats left for tomorrow at certain times if you still don’t know what you are doing just call the restaurants directly now and we will make it work.
Any and all single people with no where to go if you show up at any of my places solo and sit at the bar we will buy your first two drinks on me for choosing us. No one should ever eat alone on thanksgiving. The only exception for us is Xmas day when I don’t think anyone should have to work so we close that one day only every year.
#welcomehome #family #thanksgiving #thanksgivingnyc #les #openforthanksgiving #home #tradition #respect #community #local #neighborhood #love #lovethyneighbor
Flashback to Naples this past summer where I did a indigenous pizza tour with my sons. This was shot outside the birthplace of pizza Margherita. The story goes that an aristocrat lady looking to improve her political standing amongst the peasants of Naples inadvertently created the version of pizza that we all know today. #history #pizza #family
What do interiors say? Isn’t it a language all its own? What are the roles of colors and tints to our psyche? Is it possible to be comfortable in a coldly colored space? How a space feels is the most important decision you make. This is @sauce_nyc and what a want it to say is “relax you are in our hands now, our capable hands, so trust us and chill”. Also I want it to fit in to the area to the point that it becomes a neighborhood marker. A point of reference for all.
#myphilosophy #sauce #interiors
Fried Zucchini matchsticks @sauce_nyc.
Seasoned with fennel pollen and pecorino Romano cheese for a poppy salty sheepy yet floral kick. Possibly the most addicting appetizer I have ever made. These babies go really quickly after they land on your table. I love to drink a nice young rustic still tannic red like our Nero di troia from Puglia with them and talk incessantly. Certain foods really get me lit up and excited when they arrive and I can’t contain my joy. That’s the true purpose of an appetizer, to get you so worked up to enjoy yourself that you begin to vibrate on the spot, your anticipation for the food you are about to receive is simply uncontainable. I would venture to say that building anticipation is the easiest way to amplify a life. When you deny yourself something long enough and then you gift it to yourself its twenty times more enjoyable. When you prolong the teasing, it prolongs the pleasure, and maximizes the payoff. These zucchini sticks never fail to kick in some major anticipation for my pasta payoffs @sauce_nyc
#appetizers #anticipation #pleasureprolonger #waitforitokwaitokwaitokeat #wasitgoodforyou #causeitwasgreatforme #zucchini #matchsticks #friedzucchini #foodporn #maximizethepayoff #amplifyyourlife #pastapayoff
Storm cloud looming…
This sucker is dissipating right in front of my very eyes and the sun is sneaking right through it. Never trust a rain forecast in Miami Beach, even if it does rain 9 times out of 10 its for 15-20 minutes and then a rainbow and more sun….
#Miami #heretorelax and check on #CurvedWallHouse (at Delano Beach Club)
Curved Wall House.
Oh raw steel forge upwards into a miami sky
Break the barriers of cloud and rain
Rattle this earth with shapes and push out thunder
Send lightning through bent iron, powder sand and quickcrete
Curve this house around what’s never been done
Light it shade it shadow it weather it
Forms and forms, pours and pours, cantilever floors
I dreamt it I’m gonna live it no way back for it
More to call my own more to share more to pay forward
There are only open doors in a home
#chezFrankMiami #CurvedWallhouse #formwork #rebar #project #sculpture #art #imvibrating #itsfinallyhappening #design #construction #architecture #Miami #treehouse #dreamsdocometrue #hardwork #dedication #innovation #builder
(at Miami Beach)