- Mercato owners Francesco Buitoni and Michele Platt
Pasta RoyaltyA Roman by birth, Buitoni is a seventh-generation pasta maker and two-time James
Beard semifinalist. In 1988, his family's pasta company to Nestle for over a million dollars. He cut his teeth on New York's Italian restaurant scene at spots like San Domenico and Mario Batali's Otto, before moving north into the Hudson Valley. In 2006, along with his partner Michele Platt, Buitoni opened Mercato Osteria & Enoteca, where he has been making inventive Italian dishes for over 12 years.
One of Dutchess County's finer restaurants, Mercato is a white tablecloth establishment serving up creative Italian cuisine in a sophisticated setting that somehow manages not to take itself too seriously. With a strong vino list and a constantly rotating menu, Mercato offers an ever-new experience, bringing an authentic Italian touch to the freshest local, organic ingredients.
The Devil is in the DetailsMercato regulars will recognize the dish Buitoni is using to challenge Duskie Estes: seafood Fra Diavolo, his signature dish.
After the kitchen showdown, it will be up to judges Giada de Laurentiis and Sunny Anderson to choose a winner to pit against Bobby Flay.
Tune into the Food Network tonight, January 3 at 10:30pm to see the winner.