Star of the public television series Lidia's Italian Table, Lidia Matticchio Bastianich is widely regarded as the "first lady" of Italian cuisine in the United States. She is the owner of the award-winning Felidia restaurant in Manhattan, which was nominated this year for the James Beard Foundation Outstanding Restaurant Award. With her son Joseph, she also runs the popular theater district eatery Becco, as well as Lidia's Kansas City and Lidia's Pittsburgh.
In 1999, Bastianich was named American Express Best Chef, New York City by the James Beard Foundation. On her frequent Italian culinary tours, Bastianich is often accompanied by her daughter Tanya. An art historian, Tanya runs Esperienze Italiane, a high-end food, wine and culture tour company in Italy.
Bastianich is the author of three cookbooks, Lidia's Italian American Kitchen, Lidia's Italian Table and La Cucina di Lidia, and she writes a monthly syndicated column on Italian food. She is a passionate chef, communicator and teacher who shares her knowledge through teaching, television, books, articles and her restaurants.