Trust us: If you learned how to tell a pinot noir from a cabernet, you can become a sake connoisseur, too.
When New Yorkers think Italian fare, they typically think pasta or pizza—but one little restaurant in the East Village is looking to change that. Opened this spring by a Verona-based family of farmers, it’s got just about one thing on the menu: rice.
Educators at the Learning Garden on Randall’s Island work to help kids born in a land of pavement understand that most food starts in the dirt, not the supermarket. Beyond the usual carrots and tomatoes, they decided in 2010 to add one of the world’s most ubiquitous foods to the crops they grow: rice.
Last year along, the paddy produced about 30 pounds of rice, and immeasurable quantities of enlightenment.