fbpx Skip to main content

Leonard Lopate Talks with Lidia Bastianich, Andrew Carmellini and David Bouley

Monday July 15 2024 • 3:40am - 3:40am ET

Lidia Bastianich live in The Greene Space

Opening a restaurant in New York City isn’t for the faint of heart — about 80 percent will fail within five years. Yet, some restaurateurs are able to rise to the top and launch not only wildly successful eateries, but go on to build restaurant empires.

In the kick-off to his fifth annual Lopate and Locavores food series, WNYC’s Leonard Lopate sat down on October 8 with celebrity chefs, authors and restaurateurs Lidia Bastianich,  David Bouley and Andrew Carmellini to talk about the thrills and challenges of building — and running — a collection of restaurants in New York City and beyond. They dished on what it takes to make it in the business, from choosing names for their eateries, to tapping the right chefs, to creating the perfect menus.

Also featuring Lou Di Palo, of Di Palo’s food shop in Little Italy, demonstrating how to make mozzarella cheese.

Watch on-demand video of the entire conversation below: 

The Greene Space is funded by you.

Make a monthly donation of $10 or more to support us and all the programs and podcasts you love from WNYC, WQXR, Gothamist and more!