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Techie treat! Steal this chef’s steak recipe

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: Hanger Steak With Potato-Bacon Cake and Truffle Vinaigrette from Sidney’s Grille at Hotel@MIT, Cambridge, Mass.Not surprisingly, the H

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: Hanger Steak With Potato-Bacon Cake and Truffle Vinaigrette from Sidney’s Grille at Hotel@MIT, Cambridge, Mass.

Not surprisingly, the Hotel@MIT, located on the campus of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, is a high-tech and high-design wonder. The latter description also applies to the hotel’s sleek restaurant, Sidney’s Grille; however, there is nothing high-tech about the cooking in the eatery’s open kitchen, where high-IQ diners can watch their meals being prepared — some on an apple-wood-fired range — by executive chef Stefano Zimei.

More about the chef:

A graduate in culinary arts from Johnson & Wales University in Providence, R.I., Zimei has headed up several noted kitchens, including those at Gallia and Aquitaine in Boston’s trendy South End, the Federalist (at Boston’s boutique XV Beacon hotel) and the Rowes Wharf restaurant at the Boston Harbor Hotel.

He has received gold, silver and bronze medals at the New York Food Show and a silver medal at the 126th Salon of Culinary Arts; a “Boston’s Best Appetizer Award” from the Boston Phoenix; and was runner-up in Bertolli’s “Top 10 Sous Chefs” contest.

(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.)

Sidney’s Grille

Hotel@MIT

20 Sidney Street

Cambridge

Mass., 02139

617-494-0011

www.hotelatmit.com/sidney/index.html

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