See photos from this event here: Instagram Roundup: Chef Christian Petroni at the James Beard Foundation.
After years in the kitchens of other prestigious local restaurants, Christian Petroni exploded into the Westchester restaurant scene when he opened Fortina. The hopping Italian joint with a wood-fired oven churns out old school Italian favorites while he works the floor, serving chef, DJ and spirited host.
Petroni, who owns the Armonk restaurant with his friends Rob Krauss and John Nealon, will be cooking at the James Beard House tonight, an prestigious invitation-only honor. At 7 p.m., guests will enjoy a menu he’s been work shopping for months that highlights what he does best: homey and playful modern Italian. Reservations are still available, $170 for the general public. Call 212-627-2308 or go to www.jamesbeard.org for reservations.
Anyone who has ever eaten at Fortina knows that Christian Petroni is like the cool kid in in the lunchroom. So it’s no surprise that some of area’s most talented chefs are jumping in to assist Petroni at the event, including: Dave DiBari of The Cookery, Bill Taibe of The Whlek in Westport, Chris Vergara of Harper’s, Merlin Verrier of Primary in Greenwich, Rui Correia from Duoro in Greenwich and Herb Lindstrom and Melissa Iscaro from Cooked and Co. in Scarsdale.
Can’t get there tonight? Watch Petroni and his team in action live on the James Beard Kitchen Cam, www.jamesbeard.org/kitchen-cam.