Joseph Bastianich is America’s foremost authority on Italian wine. The co-owner, with Mario Batali, of several of the most acclaimed Italian restaurants in the United States and the co-founder of Eataly USA, he also owns the shop Tarry Wine Merchants and is the proprietor of four wine estates. A recipient of the James Beard Foundation Award for Outstanding Wine and Spirits Professional, he lives with his wife and children in Greenwich, Connecticut.
Tanya Bastianich Manuali’s visits to Italy as a child sparked her passion for the country’s art and culture. She dedicated herself to the study of Italian Renaissance art during her college years at Georgetown, and earned a master’s degree from Syracuse University and a doctorate from Oxford University. Living and studying in many regions of Italy for several years, she taught art history to American students in Florence, although she met her husband Corrado Manuali, from Rome in New York. Tanya created Esperienze Italiane, a custom- tour company devoted to the discovery of Italian food, wine, and art in 1996. Currently, Tanya is integrally involved in the production of her mother, Lidia’s public television series as an owner and Executive Producer of Tavola Productions, and is active daily in the family restaurant business. She has also led the development of the website, lidiasitaly.com, and
related publications and merchandise lines of tabletop and cookware.
Together with her husband, Corrado, Tanya oversees the production and expansion of the LIDIA’S food line, which includes 10 cuts of pasta, 7 sauces, and fresh meals for nationwide distribution. Tanya has co-authored 5 cookbooks with her mother: Lidia’s Commonsense Italian Cooking, Lidia’s Favorite Recipes, Lidia’s Italy, Lidia Cooks from the Heart of Italy, and Lidia’s Italy in America. In 2010, Tanya co-authored Reflections of the Breast: Breast Cancer in Art Through the Ages, a social-art-historical look at breast cancer in art from ancient Egypt to today. In 2014, Tanya co-authored a book with her brother Joe, Healthy Pasta. Tanya and Corrado live in New York City with their children, Lorenzo and Julia.