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‘Italian Table’ Host Plans Column

February 23, 2001

NEW YORK (AP) _ Lidia Matticchio Bastianich, host of the PBS program ``Lidia’s Italian Table″ is putting her love of food in writing.

The restauranteur has launched a new monthly column distributed by Universal Press Syndicate.

The column, also called ``Lidia’s Italian Table,″ features recipes from Bastianich’s restaurants, and insights into Italian culture and the border cuisine of her native Istria, a peninsula at the northeast corner of Italy which is now a part of Croatia.

Bastianich co-owns Felidia, Becco and Esca restaurants in New York, Lidia’s Kansas City and Lidia’s Pittsburgh, which opens this month.

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