Scorpacciata is a term that means consuming large amounts of a particular local ingredient while it's in season. It's a good way to eat, and it's a word we love to use 'round these parts.
We asked Chef Mario Batali - an active practitioner of this philosophy - to explain why eating locally is in such great taste.
And seriously, we could just sit there and listen to him pronounce "scorpacciata" all darned day long.
Opening an audaciously expensive 40,000+ square foot Italian food hall in the middle of dicey economic times might seem like a load of bologna, but orange-Croc'd celebrity chef Mario Batali is taking a gamble on New Yorkers' obsession with all things edible.
Batali tells CNN, "The real bet is not whether the restaurants will draw people, because they will. The real bet is how much of the percentage of the business is going to be retail grocery store? For it to really work, it has to be at least fifty percent...the restaurants are dressing for the retail."
CNN Money has the FULL STORY
Now that you've nabbed that omnivorous or veggie hottie, what do you feed him or her to seal the deal?
We turned to the chef behind some pretty swoon-inducing food during the Mario Batali Foundation's T-Bones & Tequila Event at the Food & Wine Classic in Aspen ask asked him about devising a dinner date d'amour.
Previously – Batali talks more about food love
A couple of weeks ago, we asked via iReport for your stories of that person, place, book, restaurant or dish that made you sit up and start to see food as more than just a three times a day chore. You eat every day, and you've got a story to share.
Every so often, we're sharing the most hunger-inducing and heartfelt ones right 'chere.
You may recognize the gentleman in the video below from a little thing called the Food Network. Don't have cable? How about cookbooks like 'Molto Italiano,' 'Simple Italian Food: Recipes from My Two Villages' and 'Mario Tailgates NASCAR Style' or restaurants like New York City's Babbo, Esca, Lupa and Otto, Las Vegas' B&B Ristorante and Carnevino or Los Angeles' Osteria Mozza and Pizzeria Mozza? Not ringing a bell? Even the charitable Mario Batali Foundation or series of brightly hued cookware?
Okay, he's the red-headed dude in the omnipresent orange Crocs, star of the upcoming film 'Bitter Feast' and we managed to grab a few minutes with him at the Mario Batali Foundation's T-Bones & Tequila Event at the Food & Wine Classic in Aspen. Consider this clip an appetizer.