About

me and Grandma, the best cook I know

me and Grandma, the best cook I know

me at Caffe Falai

My name is Dina Di Maio.  I love food or I wouldn’t be here.  I love to write or I wouldn’t be here.  I’ve lived in the Village not far from the street where my grandfather was born, Leroy Street.  My family history in the U.S. starts on Mulberry Street in Manhattan and also in Jersey City, New Jersey.

With a master’s in writing from NYU, I’ve had a professional career as a writer, writing for major magazines like Glamour, Family Circle and Time Out New York, some on food, and for a book, Vault Guide to the Top 100 Law Firms.  A recipe of mine was featured in Oxygen magazine.  (I’ve interviewed Cake Boss Buddy Valastro, Energy Kitchen owner Anthony Leone, Broadway star Terrence Mann; authors Linda Fairstein, Daniela Gioseffi, Kaye Gibbons, Dawn Raffel, Virginia Holman, Caroline Hwang, Natalie Danford and Ann Napolitano; filmmaker Celesta Davis and artist James De La Vega.)  I was a food blogger for Hobokeni.com.  I come from a line of restaurateurs, my parents included.  I have taken food writing classes at the New School University taught by Claudia Caruana and a food blogging course at the Institute of Culinary Education in NYC taught by Kelly Senyei.  I won a CASE (Council for Advancement and Support of Education) award to study marine sciences in Maine and toured a lobster wharf and halibut hatchery, as well as ate fresh oysters from an oyster farm in the Damariscotta River.

Now, I’m a lawyer, and my love of food and writing is a hobby.  I love nothing more than being put smack dab in a new city to use my natural FPS (foodie positioning system) to track and detect the very best food that city has to offer.  And I guarantee I can find it without a guide book.

at Primo

All writings and photographs are the intellectual property of me, unless I’ve noted otherwise, and can only be used with permission.

Freelance writing:  I’m available for freelance writing.  Contact me:  ddimaio at yahoo dot com.

Product reviews and giveaways:  Contact me at ddimaio at yahoo dot com if you have a product or giveaway you’d like me to review.

Todd English and Me at the press dinner for the opening of Bluezoo

Todd English and Me at the press dinner for the opening of Bluezoo

with Jacques Torres at New Taste of the Upper West Side

with Jacques Torres at New Taste of the Upper West Side

with David Wong at Greenwich Village Historic Preservation Society Awards

with David Wong at Greenwich Village Historic Preservation Society Awards

with Ruth Reichl at James Beard Awards

with Ruth Reichl at James Beard Awards

me with Jose Andres at James Beard Awards

me with Jose Andres at James Beard Awards

with Paul Liebrandt at premiere of his documentary

with Paul Liebrandt at premiere of his documentary

Calvin Trillin at GVHPS Awards

Calvin Trillin at GVHPS Awards

Tosca Reno at BEA

Tosca Reno at BEA

31 responses to “About

  1. I cannot wait to keep reading your blog! You are so interesting and have such a knack for writing. :) I am so glad we met in Zumba!

  2. FPS (foodie positioning system)…I love it! Thanks for stopping my my blog. I think I will stay awhile and look around:)

  3. Thanks for your comments Dina – let me know how they are if you visit any of those places.

  4. Hi Dina…er, do I type Dr. Dina..? Just thinking out loud…you see after working in Cornell, I’m kinda hesitant to call anyone by their first name and that too without the title..! :) Anyways, glad to meet you, albeit virtually! Thanks for popping over and for sharing your lovely thoughts. Really appreciated. Hope to see you around!

  5. Thank you for your kind words about our film “Kings Of Pastry”. As you point out the MOF is not a competition as TV’s food wars style programming is but is more like a lawyer’s bar exam. They are against a standard not each other and you can see the difference in the comarderie they have.
    Visit the facebook page if you get a chance.
    best,
    Frazer Pennebaker/producer

  6. Hello, Dina:
    Many thanks for mentioning the GVSHP event November 7th!
    We just blogged more about it today, including the menu (at the end).
    http://gvshp.org/blog/2011/10/26/my-favorite-things-calvin-trillin/#more-7048
    All best,
    Cynthia Penney
    (GVSHP board member, born near Washington Square, big fan of Leroy Street)

    • huntfortheverybest

      Cynthia,

      Thank you so much for stopping by my blog! I’m a big fan of the work you do and I’m a member! I did some volunteer with you as well until my hours at work got too demanding! I absolutely love the Village, esp. the West Village and anything I can do to support it, I’m happy to!

      Thanks again and Happy 2012,

      Dina

  7. Hi Diana! I’m really loving your blog and the way you write. I’m from Jersey City, currently living in NY, so I look forward to your local recommendations!
    <3

    • huntfortheverybest

      Binky! Sorry it’s taken me a while to reply. Hope you had a great holiday! Thank you so much for your comments on my blog. My parents are from Jersey City and I also live in NY now so we are neighbors! I love your creations. They are so beautiful! I just put up my favorite eats from the past year. If you have any good recs, let me know. I’m making a list of where I want to eat for 2012 LOL!

  8. PS Are you on twitter? ^_^

  9. Dina, thanks for stopping by at our blog! I’m sorry I didn’t meet you earlier, when Masha, the other host of RecipeStudio, lived in NY city. I feel completely lost when visiting there and don’t know where to go eat. Your blog gives lots of info and an interesting read. :)

  10. Hi Dina, thanks for dropping by my blog, looking forward to discovering more from your FPS!

  11. Nice blog Dina. We have three things in common, a name, a profession and a hobby.

  12. Hi Dina! Thanks so much for your blog comments! I hope you enjoyed the ICE class as much as I did. So helpful! I’m really glad to have found your blog, I really like it!! Happy holidays!

  13. Thanks for stopping by my blog. I really appreciate. You have a lovely hobby!

  14. I love NYC, we visited few years ago and I cant wait to go back.

  15. Hi Dina. I love your story! From a writer to a lawyer?! Whooooaaa. Good for you! And you met Tosca?! Double respect.:)

  16. Hi Dina. Thanks for stopping by my blog . Your blog is great! I especially love your weekly listings about food events.

  17. Thanks Dina for stopping by my blog!Browsing through yours makes me wanna go back to NYC asap! Lovely blog!

  18. Nice to meet you Dina! Thank you for visiting my blog!!

  19. Have been bragging about ‘Villabate’ ever since i went into the old location next to an Italian records and gifts shop some 30yrs ago.It really is a one stop shop:Bread,cookies,cakes,pastry,gelato,cappuccino,riceballs,sfincionelli,etcc.Now that i’ve found you,your intellligence,stories,and proud upbringing i will try to find you soon.Ciao,carissima!! Jimmy

  20. Dina, thanks for stopping by my blog earlier. :) Looks like you have experienced some pretty amazing food and foodies in your life! I love that you have FPS…. that is great character trait, and I bet your friends and family enjoy taking advantage of it! I’m going to follow you on Facebook so I can keep up with your adventures, too! Those Scottish tarts sound pretty tasty, by the way.

  21. Thx for commenting and supporting my blog. I came by to see what you are up to. What fun. You have been with so many cool people.

  22. Hi Dina, thank you for stopping by at my blog recently. I’m a newcomer in the blogoshere world & every comment left is deeply appreciated! It is always fun meeting new friends, I’ll be following your adventures through Facebook now. Have a great Sunday!

    • huntfortheverybest

      Welcome to the blogging world! I’ve met a lot of interesting people through blogging. It is a lot of fun.

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