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. (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.
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.