DISH* RESTAURANT GUIDE PUBLISHED BY WIRE-TO-WIRE COMMUNICATIONS; Includes Reviews of Favorite Restaurants in San Francisco, New York and Other Cool Spots

December 30, 2009 (PRLEAP.COM) Lifestyle News
DISH*, a collection of our favorite dining spots, has been published by Renay Weissberger Fanelli, principal of Wire-to-Wire Communications, and her husband Michael Fanelli.

The book features utterly subjective reviews of the couple's favorite restaurants in two of their favorite cities: San Francisco and New York as well as "a smattering of some other delicious destinations [they've] enjoyed around the globe."

"We've offered opinions about a range of dining spots to sate a range of moods and budgets-from simple to sophisticated, funky to four-star," said Mr. Fanelli.

Among the restaurants included in the guide book are A16, Cyrus, Piperade, Redd, and The World Famous Hamburger Ranch & Pasta Farm in the San Francisco Bay Area and A Voce, Barbuto, Devi, Grand Central Oyster Bar, Ouest, and Per Se in New York. The "World" section features such diverse entries as Chez Georges in Paris, Frasca in Boulder, Rueben's in Franschhoek, and Vetri in Philadelphia.

The tone of the book is informative but also quite personal, "as if we were having a conversation among friends," said Ms. Fanelli. "We're excited to share our discoveries-whether that means an out of the way spot, a behind the scenes detail or a 'to die for' dish."
For example, the review of Charles Phan's Slanted Door advises, For those "phans" without reservations, spots at the 20-seat bar are available on a first-come, first-serve basis (the restaurant opens for lunch at 11:00 a.m.).
Per Se's review offers this insight, Translated from Latin, Per Se literally means "in and of itself," and rumor has it that when asked if the New York restaurant would mirror his Napa Valley flagship The French Laundry, Thomas Keller replied, 'it won't be the same, per se'.

In some cases, the narrative truly captures the essence of a place, as in the following excerpt: Step across the threshold into the vast space known as Spice Market and you'll swear that you've entered the private labyrinth of Siamese royalty in the heart of NYC's once grungy Meatpacking District.

"We've been informally writing restaurant reviews and analyzing food and wine trends for years, and DISH* is an attractive catalyst for taking this conversation to the next level," she added.

"We're also launching an online presence so we can engage more food lovers in the dialogue as well as expanding our consulting services around market trends and communication, often serving as a liaison between industry professionals and consumers," explained Mr. Fanelli.

"Your book is wonderful-the entire presentation is very smart, very creative and some truly great restaurants are featured," said Peter Schumacher of the Real Restaurant Group. "Thank you for including the Buckeye Roadhouse."

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