Courtesy of Identità New York
Italy has myriad offerings of which to be proud, but many would argue that its food tops the list. Identità New York aims to prove it. The culinary summit, held October 12 to 14 at the marketplace Eataly, brings together a dozen Italian and American chefs to show off talents and talk food. Displaying techniques and tastes from their respective regions and backgrounds, the chefs from both countries have much to offer one another. “At Identità New York, we are looking for the interaction between chefs and the exchange of cultures, but we never lose sight of our culinary heritage,” says Paolo Marchi, who founded the original Identità Golose (held in Milan) in 2004.
The gathering is a true feast for Italian enthusiasts—a gourmet opportunity not to be missed. Six cooking demonstrations by the chefs, plus two five-course dinners (Friday and Saturday nights) at Eataly’s Birreria, make up the itinerary. New York stalwarts Alain Ducasse, Michael White, Anita Lo and Mario Batali join Italian Michelin-starred chefs like Pino Lavarra of Rossellini’s in Ravello, Antonio Guida of Il Pellicano in Tuscany and Carlo Cracco.
“We chose to bring Identità to New York because the city is the center of attention for the entire culinary world,” says Marchi. “If someone has something important to share, New York is the place to do it. Because there are a thousand things taking place every day it is harder to get noticed here, but when you do you can’t ask for anything better.” October 12–14; demonstration tickets, $125; dinner tickets, $200; 212-539-0204, ext. 304; eatalyny.com.