RESTAURANT 101
Must Go: Donatella Arpaia's Namesake, Donatella

The golden mosaic tiles of the pizza oven of Donatella Arpaia’s namesake restaurant, Donatella, acts as a beacon calling to diners, “come inside, you look hungry. I’ll cook something for you” just as countless Neapolitan mothers have done for centuries. Once you’re off the busy streets of Chelsea, sit down at one of Donatella’s marble topped tables, drink a glass of the finest Italian Campanian wines, and snack on a plate of crostinis while you painstakingly decide which of the pizzas you plan to try. Keep in mind though; Donatella’s is not your typical New York City Neapolitan pizza-focused restaurant. Donatella Arpaia, who is a recurring guest judge on the Food Network’s “Iron Chef” series, a contributor to NBC’s “Today Show,” as well as being behind a number of successful restaurants, such as Kefi and Dona, feels that Donatella is her most personal endeavor to date. Her goal for Donatella was to capture the traditional foods she enjoyed while summering in Naples during her childhood and bring them to New York. By using authentic and fresh ingredients (We mean fresh as in picked up from customs that very morning.) Donatella celebrates not only the famed pizza of the region but the pastas, desserts, and wines as well.

BEHIND THE PLATE
Just Another Food Network..on the Internet!

YouTube is making an effort to keep up with the times and give viewers the option of watching TV online. As announced a few weeks ago, the Food Network's Bruce Seidel, is taking the next step in his career and heading towards the internet. Electus, a next generation production studio, appointed Seidel as their Chief Exectuive Officer for the new YouTube Food channel.

Seidel made major contributions to the Food Network. He created some of the channel's most popular shows like "Iron Chef America," "The Next Iron Chef," and "The Next Food Network Star." Before he worked in food television, he worked in strategy and production at the Discovery Channel and Animal Planet.

NOTABLES
Interview with Iron Chef Winner and Mixologist Tony Abou Ganim

Renowned cocktail expert, Tony Abou Ganim, was winner of Iron Chef America 2007 with Mario Batali, is the National Ambassador of the US Bartenders Guild, and Associate Member of the Museum of the American Cocktail. Obviously a world-class bartending connoisseur, Tony passes on his knowledge to wannabes and drink-lovers alike. Learn how he rose to fame, as well as tips for creating the perfect cocktail!