The name Becco is derived from the Italian verb, beccare, which means to peck, nibble or savor something in a discriminating way. Lidia Bastianich & her son, Joe, opened Becco in 1993 & since then, it has been providing the New York community with outstanding service for over 20 years.
Located on New York’s famed Restaurant Row in the heart of the theater district, Becco is open 7 days a week for both lunch & dinner. Becco is most famous for its’ innovative pasta tasting menu & extensive $29 wine list.
Lidia Bastianich is one of the best-loved chefs on television, a best-selling cookbook author, restaurateur, and owner of a flourishing food and entertainment business. Lidia has married her two passions in life – her family and food, to create multiple culinary endeavors alongside her two children, Joseph and Tanya.
Her cookbooks include Lidia’s Italy in America, Lidia Cooks from the Heart of Italy and Lidia’s Italy – all companion books to the television series, “Lidia’s Italy in America” and “Lidia’s Italy” as well as Lidia’s Family Table, Lidia’s Italian-American Kitchen, Lidia’s Italian Table and La Cucina di Lidia. Lidia is the chef/owner of four acclaimed New York City restaurants – Felidia, Becco, Esca and Del Posto, as well as Lidia’s Pittsburgh and Lidia’s Kansas City. She is also founder and president of Tavola Productions, an entertainment company that produces high-quality broadcast productions.
Lidia designed, in collaboration with her daughter Tanya, Lidia’s Kitchen line, exclusively for QVC. Lidia’s Kitchen provides high quality everyday items such as ceramic serving ware, stone bakeware, and utensils. Along with her daughter Tanya, and son-in-law Corrado Manuali, Lidia launched Nonna Foods as a platform to distribute an array of both existing and new LIDIA’S food products. The line highlights a passion for all things pasta, with seven original varieties of homemade pasta sauce, and eight different cuts of pasta, sold nationally.
Restaurateur Joe Bastianich, along with partners Lidia Bastianich & Mario Batali, own thirty successful restaurants worldwide, including Babbo & Del Posto in NYC, Carnevino in Las Vegas & in 2010, expanded the famed LA eateries Pizzeria & Osteria Mozza to Singapore. Earlier that same year, the trio teamed up with Italian retail pioneer Oscar Farinetti to bring Eataly, the world’s largest artisan food & wine market to New York, followed by the Chicago outpost in 2013.
Joe has co-authored two award winning books on Italian wine & in its first week of release in May of 2012, Joe’s highly anticipated memoir, Restaurant Man, became a New York Times Best Seller. A bold retelling of a life lived steeped in the ever-evolving New York City restaurant scene, Joe brazenly shares the adventures that took him from his family’s first “red sauce joint” in 1970’s Queens to the renowned culinary empire that is the Batali & Bastianich Hospitality Group of today. He has received numerous culinary accolades for his groundbreaking work in the field & in 2008 the James Beard Foundation honored him once again by presenting him & Mario with the much revered Outstanding Restaurateur Award.
A former judge on FOX’s MasterChef & MasterChef Junior, Joe continues to reprise his role on the Italian version of the franchise on Sky’s hugely successful pop culture phenomenon MasterChef Italia.
Joe’s latest TV venture is CNBC’s new reality hit Restaurant Startup, where he both stars in & serves as Executive Producer along with Shine America. Giving budding culinary entrepreneurs the chance of a lifetime, Joe & Chef/restaurateur Tim Love vie against each other to invest their own money in restaurant concepts they feel have what it takes to make it in today’s cut throat market.
When Joe is not working the dining room at one of his many restaurants ow whipping up a new business ventures, he can be found at his home in Greenwich, CT, playing guitar & spending time with his wife, Deanna, & their three children, whom he counts as his greatest achievements to date.
Chef Gallagher’s culinary education started where most great Chef’s careers begin, in his grandmother’s kitchen. There he learned how to cook with skillful & careful preparation & the importance of hand selecting only the freshest & finest ingredients.
Highly regarded & well renowned, Billy has cooked at the James Beard house, numerous charity benefits including Share Our Strength, & has been featured nationally on Fox & Friends with Julian Phillips, Food TV’s Follow That Food & CBS News with Tony Tantillo. The Intrepid Air, Sea & Space Museum has invited Chef Gallagher “on deck” as a regular star judge during the annual Fleet Week “Best Chow” Competition, with heavy features in local media.
In his career at Becco Restaurant, Chef Gallagher has represented the Bastianich name at the “Taste of the Tetons Music Festival” in Wyoming, as well as, created a 50 foot long Pappardelle ribbon to be cut for the televised opening ceremony of the summer annual “Taste of Times Square”. The crowning achievement for Chef Gallagher was having the honor to cook for both Pope Benedict & Pope Francis on their respective trips to New York City.
When not cooking with Lidia on her PBS cooking series, Lidia’s Italy, Chef Gallagher can be found at 355 West 46th Street on Restaurant Row in the heart of the New York City’s Theater District. There he works side by side with both Joe & Lidia Bastianich in creating one of the most value packed & delicious menus in New York City.
The Management Team
- Jim Brigman – General Manager
- Marie O’Brien – Assistant General Manager
- Angelo Ruggiero – Beverage Director
- Monica Molina – Private Event Coordinator
- Simon Levine – Sommelier/Bar Manager
- Chad Goldsmith – Floor Manager
- Marica George – Assistant Private Event Coordinator