My name is Dina Di Maio. 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.
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 and Energy Kitchen owner Anthony Leone.) 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.
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. Comment below and I will contact you.