TODAY Food Editor
In this special weekly feature, “Today” food editor Phil Lempert brings you recipes “stolen” (with permission) from notable restaurants across America. See how much money you can save — and fun you can have — by cooking these dishes at home!
This week: Baked Shrimp Scampi, from Lidia’s Italy in Pittsburgh
Like many cities, Pittburgh is refocusing on historic areas in and around its downtown. And in the former warehouse district known as the Strip, TV chef Lidia Bastianich has opened her most recent restaurant, Lidia’s Italy.
Modeled after its sister restaurants in New York and Kansas City, the Pittsburgh outpost serves Northern Italian cuisine in a hip setting. One of the most popular items on the menu is this week’s “stolen” recipe, Baked Shrimp Scampi.
About the chef:
Having graduated from the University of Wyoming with a degree in English literature, Craig Richards was well on the way to a masters in American Studies at UW when he decided to throw it all over for a cooking career.
Instead of poring over books, he headed to the Overland Restaurant in Laramie, Wyo., followed by further experience at Pachamama’s Restaurant in Lawrence, Kan. Working with cuisine ranging from Thai to South American, he quickly rose up through the ranks during his two-year stay there, before deciding in 2000 to work at Lidia’s Italy in nearby Kansas City. Within six months he was named sous chef and, after one year, took the opening as executive sous chef at Lidia’s Pittsburgh. In September 2001, Richards was named executive chef. Under his leadership, the restaurant has received numerous honors, including Pittsburgh’s Best New Restaurant.
(PLEASE NOTE: Ingredient prices are estimates and based on national averages. Amounts listed are for one portion. Increase proportionately according to number of portions desired.)
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