When eggs and bread combos are a topic of conversation, challah and several imaginative varieties of French Toast are top of mind. Until…
Enter A Voce’s Uovo, by Executive Chef Ben Lee.
Though we’re quite particular about our eggs – and of course we’ve become a bit picky over Italian food (this is New York, after all) – we’re 110% sure the 35-year old (with no less than 10 years of culinary chops) can scramble, boil and poach eggs to perfection. But enough of the basics – he’s going all out for this egg, bread, cheese and mushroom masterpiece.
Perhaps as awesome as a cheesesteak and as hip as Boyz II Men, Ben launched his career in Philly, working at Morimoto (Masaharu Morimoto’s restaurant) and LaCroix at the Rittenhouse (by Jean-Marie LaCroix) before meeting the Executive Chef and Partner of Verti Family Restaurant Group, Jeffery Michaud. Ben ventured to Bergamo, Italy, soon after, to work at Ristorante Loro – and he’s had a love for Italian food ever since.
Us, too – minus the trip overseas.
More amore, per favore.
Lee moved to Manhattan in 2010 (after returning for another stint in Philadelphia, at Osteria), and once in the big apple, he joined the Michelin-star restaurant Marea, with Michael White, where he focused on high-end costal Italian food, and became sous chef.
We’re pretty happy he’s made New York his home (sorry Philly, and Bergamo), because even though we’re dying to make a trip to the City of Brotherly Love, and take a vacation in Italy, it’s so much easier to cab it to Madison Square Park or Columbus Circle for a A+ meal.
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