I’d like to tell you about one of mine. Laura del Principe is not a Top Chef or an Iron Chef. She doesn’t have ridiculous bleached hair or tattoos running up and down her arms or a line of cookware created in her name. The restaurant she runs with her husband is tucked away in the mountains of Abruzzo. It was not on the recently released World’s 50 Best Restaurants list. But it is on mine.
I wrote an essay about Laura and her restaurant, Plistia. It was featured as the lead story in the May 15 issue of the Chicago Tribune’s food section. This makes me happy beyond words, not so much because of the play the story got but because it gave me an opportunity to acknowledge someone whose cooking has inspired my own for years. I posted the story on my Facebook page and tweeted about it. But for those of you who haven’t had a chance to read it and would like to, here is the link.