Little Italy's Impasto has had reason to celebrate of late. Michele Forgione and Stefano Faita's restaurant has won raves from critics and diners alike and has rapidly become one of the most difficult reservations in the city.
And so celebrate Impasto did, yesterday, at Martin Picard's Cabane À Sucre Au Pied de Cochon. The party, with staff and family in tow, was as much a chapeau for a job well done lo these past few months, as it was a welcome home for Faita, who just put the wrap on 65 episodes of his CBC show, In the Kitchen with Stefano Faita, in Toronto.
At first glance, Impasto and Au Pied de Cochon do not have a lot in common but the bonds between the two restaurants are strong. Faita and Picard are de facto brothers; Faita's mom Elena, of Mezza Luna culinary school and the legendary Dante hardware and kitchen supply store, was an original investor in Au Pied de Cochon on Duluth.
As for Impasto's impressions of Picard's backwoods sugar shack, Forgione's flurry of tweets says it all. His crew can take today to recover. Impasto starts the week off tomorrow with Faita back in the kitchen.
· Cabane À Sucre Au Pied de Cochon [Official Site]
· Impasto [Official Site]
· Mezza Luna [Official Site]
· In the Kitchen with Stefano Faita [Official Site]