LoopFood: Someone’s in the Kitchen
11 Oct, 2013
By Polly Kreisman
Pretty addition to sparse ‘hood.
editor’s note: we are a bit miffed because we were invited to this restaurant for dinner and to order anything on the menu, take pictures for an article, interview the chef, and later sent a hefty bill. We do normally pay our own way, but thought this was an invitation. Realizing there may have been a miscommunication we offered a compromise. The Chef writes, “Can’t help you. We are done.”
Note to chef: bad business.
There is an oasis in Larchmont in the concrete desert between the train station and the on ramp to I-95. After a delay of several months, Madison Kitchen is here.
The delay may be fortuitous. Next Tuesday Oct. 15 at 10:00 pm, Executive Chef Nick Di Bona will compete on the Food Network’s Chopped. The episode was originally scheduled to air in August. Now, he could win, or perhaps just get some national attention, just as Madison Kitchen has opened.
In Tuesday’s episode, competing chefs must pair unusual combinations of items to create Brunch. Considering we had a strange concoction made of chicken and a blue cheese waffle, he’s a shoe-in.
“I cook with what ever’s available,” says Di Bona, 28. “If I see something good on Arthur Avenue in the Bronx, the Japanese Market on Central Avenue in Scarsdale, a farm in the northern part of the county with their own grains, I think, ‘why not?’”
Born and raised in Yorktown Heights, Nick started at Peter Pratt’s Inn as a busboy at 15. After attending The Culinary Institute of America, he was promoted to Executive Chef.
Two years ago he began looking for something new. His whole family looked with him. “Every morning I’d have six emails from my mother with videos of restaurant bathrooms she had seen. It got crazy.” he says.
Someone mentioned that La Villetta’s space in Larchmont was available. “Lower Westchester, near the train, near the highway, foot traffic, that’s all I had to hear.”
We had tuna tartare with guac, clam and pork bellies and venison ravioli. The food is ok, not great. But the Kitchen is open.