Joe Bastianich

Joseph Bastianich (born September 17, 1968) is an American restaurateur, winemaker, author, television personality, and musician. He, along with his mother and business partner Lidia Bastianich, co-owns thirty restaurants in four countries, including Osteria Mozza in Los Angeles, which the owners expanded in 2010. Earlier that same year, they teamed up with businessman Oscar Farinetti to bring Eataly, an upscale food and wine market, to Boston, Chicago, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, New York City and London.

Joe Bastianich
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Joseph Bastianich

(1968-09-17) September 17, 1968 (age 54)
EducationBoston College
Culinary career
Cooking styleItalian
  • Michelin stars 1 Michelin star
Current restaurant(s)
    • BABBO Ristorante e Enoteca, New York City
    • Bar Jamon, New York City
    • Becco, New York City
    • Birreria, New York City
    • Casa Mono, New York City
    • Chi Spacca, Los Angeles
    • Eataly NYC, New York City
    • ESCA, New York City
    • Lidia’s, Kansas City, Missouri
    • LUPA, New York City
    • Mozza2Go, Los Angeles, California
    • Orsone, Cividale del Friuli (Frazione Gagliano), Italy
    • Joe’s American BBQ, Milan, Italy
    • Osteria Mozza, Los Angeles, California
    • Pizzeria Mozza, Los Angeles, California / Newport Beach, California
    • Tarry Wine, Port Chester
    • Tarry Lodge, Port Chester (closed) / Westport, Connecticut
    • Tarry Lodge, New Haven, Connecticut

Television show(s)

Early life and educationEdit

Joseph Bastianich was born in Astoria, Queens in 1968,[1] to Istrian Italian immigrants Felice and Lidia Bastianich.[2] His parents were born in Istria (now in Croatia) and moved to the United States in 1958 during the large Istrian exodus. While nationally Italian, public DNA tests have shown that Joe's family on his mother's side is largely of Eastern European descent, due to the multiethnicity of Istria.[3] His mother has stated that she feels very Italian, but that she relates to her Slavic roots too.[4] Raised working in his parents' Italian restaurant Felidia in Manhattan, he attended Fordham Preparatory School before attending Boston College, where he studied political science and philosophy.


After spending a year on Wall Street as a bond trader, he gave up his newly launched career and ventured into the food industry.[5] He took an extended trip to Italy. In 1993, he opened Becco (Italian for "peck, nibble, savor"), an Italian restaurant with his mother, Lidia Bastianich. He then partnered with Mario Batali to open Babbo Ristorante e Enoteca, an Italian restaurant that gained the prestigious three stars from The New York Times,[6] the first Italian restaurant to gain the award in 40 years. Babbo also has earned one Michelin star.[citation needed] Together they opened seven more restaurants in New York: Lupa, Esca, Casa Mono, Bar Jamon, Otto, Del Posto, and Eataly (an Italian marketplace). In 2010, Del Posto received a four star review from The New York Times,[7] one of only five restaurants in New York to win that award.[8] Their culinary empire has expanded to 10 restaurants in New York, four restaurants in Las Vegas, three restaurants in Los Angeles, two restaurants in Singapore, one Italian market in Chicago, one Italian market in Boston, one Italian market in London, and two restaurants in Hong Kong.[citation needed] After being accused of sexual harassment, Batali gave up his restaurants, selling his shares to Bastianich and his sister Tanya Bastianich Manuali.[9] Otto Enoteca Pizzeria closed during the coronavirus pandemic. When it closed, TimeOut wrote "it was the type of place that was nice yet casual enough to go on any night of the week with plenty of tables the white marble-covered enoteca (offering wine, cheese and salumi) and the more formal dining area focusing on pastas and pizzas. We'll also miss the olive oil gelato."[10]

Bastianich has co-authored two award-winning books on Italian wine, and his memoir, Restaurant Man, became a New York Times Best Seller within a week of its release in May 2012.[11]

He claims to have invented the Everything bagel in 1979, although this feat is also claimed by other people.[12]


Bastianich was a judge on the American MasterChef series broadcast by Fox[13] until it took too much of his time,[14] and MasterChef Junior until he was replaced on both series by Christina Tosi in the spring of 2015 after he exited the franchise in November 2014. However, he eventually returned to temporarily judge Season 6 of MasterChef Junior on March 2, 2018[15] and has returned to the judging panel as a full-time judge on MasterChef since season 9, which debuted in June 2018. He was also a judge on the Italian version of the program. MasterChef Italia shown on Sky Uno for its first 8 seasons.[16] In May 2019, Bastianich announced his departure from MasterChef Italia in order to dedicate himself to his passion for music. In mid-September of the same year, Bastianich released his first album, titled "Aka Joe". In late January 2020, he will star in a musical concert tour around Italy, featuring his "New York Stories" album.[17][18][19]

He has also guest starred as a guest judge on MasterChef Canada on Season 1, Episode 14.[citation needed] He co-starred alongside Tim Love and Antonia Lofaso in the American reality show Restaurant Startup on CNBC, for which he is the executive producer along with Endemol Shine North America.[20]

Bastianich also made a special appearance in the 2015 television film An American Girl: Grace Stirs Up Success as a judge in a fictional season of MasterChef Junior.[21] From March 22, 2016, he presented, with Guido Meda and Davide Valsecchi, the first edition of Top Gear Italia. He will also serve as a judge on the judging panel of Italia's Got Talent and Family Food Fight Italia, airing on Sky Uno in the spring of 2020.[22]


In an episode of MasterChef Italia which came to the attention of the U.S. media in January 2018, Bastianich makes several remarks about Chinese men while making sexually suggestive comments to women giving him a manicure and pedicure at a beauty salon in Milan's Chinatown. He asks the women if they have ever had Italian boyfriends and remarks that Chinese men are "inadequate" in certain situations. When asked by the blog Grub Street for comment, Bastianich issued an apology:

This was a scripted segment shot in a Milan nail salon that I've gone to regularly. I know the women, and we were given the questions to discuss in advance. That said, it's clear that some of what I said was in poor taste and not reflective of my views. I'm sorry I said those things. [23]

Personal lifeEdit

Bastianich lives in New York City, with his wife, Deanna, and their children, Olivia, Ethan, and Miles. He is fluent in Italian.[citation needed]

Bastianich Hospitality GroupEdit

Batali and Bastianich Hospitality Group own several restaurants mostly in New York City and Los Angeles, including Becca in NYC, Chi Spacca and Osteria Mozza in Los angeles.

Published worksEdit

  • 2015. Healthy Pasta: The Sexy, Skinny, and Smart Way to Eat Your Favorite Food. (Knopf)
  • 2014. Giuseppino. Da New York all'Italia: storia del mio ritorno a casa. (Potter)
  • 2013. Restaurant Man. (Knopf)
  • 2010. Grandi Vini: An Opinionated Tour of Italy's 89 Finest Wines. (Potter)
  • 2005. Vino Italiano: The Regional Wines of Italy. (Potter)

Television appearancesEdit


  1. ^ Yi, Christine (2008-10-28). "Passion for Food Adjusts to Fit Passion for Running". The New York Times.
  2. ^ "Bastianich, Joseph". Current Biography Yearbook 2011. Ipswich, Massachusetts: H.W. Wilson. 2011. pp. 50–54. ISBN 9780824211219.
  3. ^ Dretzin, Rachel; Gladsjo, Leslie Asako; McGee, Dyllan; Kunhardt, Peter; Segaller, Stephen (March 2016). "The Long Way Home". Finding Your Roots. PBS.
  4. ^ Dretzin, Rachel; Gladsjo, Leslie Asako; McGee, Dyllan; Kunhardt, Peter; Segaller, Stephen (November 2020). "Flight". Finding Your Roots. PBS.
  5. ^ Passing the Toque: For a New Generation, Hospitality Is Destiny, Suzanne Hamlin, published January 10, 1996; retrieved February 1, 2008.
  6. ^ Bruni, Frank (2004-06-09). "Arias From the Kitchen As the Dining Room Rocks". The New York Times.
  7. ^ Sifton, Sam (2010-09-29). "A Modern Italian Master". The New York Times.
  8. ^ "Four-Star Restaurants in New York". The New York Times. 23 January 2018. Retrieved 10 February 2018.
  9. ^ Durkin, Erin (2019-03-06). "Mario Batali gives up his restaurants a year after sexual assault allegations". the Guardian. Retrieved 2022-01-11.
  10. ^ Christina Izzo, Bao Ong, Amber Sutherland-Namako (October 29, 2021), "75 notable NYC restaurants and bars that permanently closed since 2020", TimeOut{{citation}}: CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)
  11. ^ "Chefs Find Winner's Circle Familiar Turf". The New York Times. 2008-06-11.
  12. ^ "Did Joe Bastianich Really Invent the Everything Bagel?". 3 August 2016.
  13. ^ Hinckley, David (2010-07-26). "Sob stories, bad auditions: Gordon Ramsay's new 'MasterChef' is like 'American Idol' for foodies". Daily News. New York.
  14. ^ Owen, Rob (2015-07-10). "TV Q&A: 'Ellen' moving to WTAE, 'Masterchef' and PBS self-censorship". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
  15. ^ "Meet the 6 Chicago-area kids competing on 'MasterChef Junior'". Chicago Tribune. February 26, 2018. Retrieved February 26, 2018.
  16. ^ "I giudici di MasterChef Italia 7". Archived from the original on 2017-11-23.
  17. ^ "JOE BASTIANICH: A Gennaio in concerto a Milano e Roma". 12 November 2019.
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  19. ^ "Aka Joe di Joe Bastianich: La nostra intervista".
  20. ^ "New Season of CNBC's 'Restaurant Startup' is Back Wednesday, January 6 with Bigger Deals than Ever Before". CNBC. 2015-11-18. Retrieved 2022-01-11.
  21. ^ Galarza, Daniela (8 April 2015). "American Girl Flick Captures Timeless Drama of MasterChef Junior". Eater. Retrieved 10 June 2015.
  22. ^ "Joe Bastianich: "Vi racconto la New York sparita tra canzoni e aneddoti"". 12 May 2019.
  23. ^ Tishgart, Sierra (17 January 2018). "New Video Shows Restaurateur Joe Bastianich Making Racist, Sexist Comments on Italian TV". Grub Street. Retrieved 19 July 2018.

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