Lidia Bastianich ‘Needs to Have her Hands Close to the Ground’ — in Queens

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Source: Eater NY

Her 30-year-old garden and the dishes it inspires | Queens isn’t known for its gardens but Lidia Bastianich has maintained her own in the borough — Douglaston, to be specific, her residence of 30-plus years. It’s here that she’s planted an heirloom garden, shaped by her growing up in Istria, formerly Italian, now Croatian, across the water from Italy-at-large. While what she’s growing may not be served at her restaurants for volume and logistics sake, it has inspired the menu at her restaurants like Felidia, that’s been open since 1981. Italian gardens aren’t a run-of-the mill tomatoes, squash, and herbs. …

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