11-year-old food critic, Luca Marconi introduces Wendy to some of his favorite dishes!
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(audience applause) Ooh, Ooh! Heaven, that's all I can say. Heaven. Ooh, ooh! Our next guest is an eleven-year-old- food critic from Brooklyn, and he brought along his favorite New York dishes. Please say hello to my new friend, as far as I'm concerned.
(audience laughter) Luca Marconi! He's better known in the streets– (audience applause) Look, look. His street name is Luca Two Times. Hey!
(audience applause) They told me you're nervous, don't be nervous. Nah, I'm good And you're sweating, I feel it. (Luca and audience laughter) Look, come on kid. Oh, you got your… You got jewelry and everything, okay. Mhm, fancy.
You got a girlfriend? Nah, I don't got a girlfriend, you crazy? (Wendy laughs) Alright, what are we eating? Alright, first, we got the FDNY. We got chicken cutlets, mozzarella, Vodka sauce garlic bread, maron. You love this? Who doesn't love this, come on? I already know it's a 10, guys, we can move on, come on. (audience member laughs) We got the pallet cleanser as well, so if you wanna get the nice–
Oh! taste, you know?
Fancy. I'm gonna take a nice bite, too. I'm sorry, I can't um–
Exactly, go! Mm.
How'd you get into this? I thought you were gonna bring hot dogs and stuff. Nah. So, I basically got into this, you know– Mm, Greek salad.
when I was ten. You know? I come from the–
That was last year! (audience laughs) You know, I come from an Italian household. Mhm.
You know? And Italian household Sunday dinners are magical. With sauce.
You know, my moms a top chef? Better than everybody here, so. Oh! (audience claps) Yeah, basically just got into it. Mm, tomatoes.
Yeah! And that's how it started.
Mm! We got the Greek Salad, got feta cheese. You know, too much ingredients to explain. I love this. It's good.
What grade are you in? Right now, I'm in sixth grade. Mhm. You eat school lunch? Yeah. No, actually, no! Hold on, school lunch–
(audience laughs) I'm sorry I even said yes, I hate school lunch, but– You need swiss, steak, and stuff? Yeah, trash.
(audience laughs) So you bring a lunch every day? Yeah, I'm gonna have to moneybag the no shimmy, that's how good it is.
Mm. (audience laughs) Whoo! (audience applauds and cheers) What is this, pasta and some sauce. Yeah, it comes, it's tomato cream sauce, ricotta, homemade pasta, it's called the Money Bag because it looks like a money bag, if only it had money inside. (audience laughs)
Where do we get this food? Is this from a restaurant, too? Patricia's, and, in Brooklyn. Mhm.
This is from Gyro World in Queens, all the Queens people out here. (audience applauds)
Mhm. And this is honestly like five blocks from my house, um, panini shop, I've been comin' here since I was one. Yeah.
Perfect. Aye, do your parents eat like you? No!
(audience laughs) What? I'm like the golden child. (audience laughs and applauds) What do they like to eat? Come on, what's this?
I feel like more– You know, they like pasta, but they're like not that crazy about it.
Oh my gosh. French.
So– Oh that's so typical, though. French onion soup. French Onion soup! This is great.
Grilled cheese! From Clint and Hall, very trendy thing. A grilled cheese Lego? Eggo, I mean. Yeah, look at it stretch.
(audience cheers) Okay. Oh.
Ooh. Whoo! (audience oohs and applauds) Ooh. (audience applauds) Wow! Oh my god. You know, I'm Italian, I can have French onions, you know? Yeah, uh huh. Live a little. Yeah.
Hey, look. The other kids only eat Eggos, or Legos, or whatever they're called.
(Luca laughs) Like, with the syrup. Not you. Hey, by the way, where do I get the best hot dog in New York? Best hot dog in New York? Uh huh. I don't know, from the carts? (audience claps and laughs)
(Luca laughs) Mm.
And now, Wendy, I heard you got a special thing for me? Well I heard you never ate caviar, I'm so shocked. Well, I'm not fancy like you. Well–
(audience laughs) Too fancy. This is pretty fancy, kid.
Yeah. Look, I wanna take all the stuff home, thank you. (audience laughs)
Thank you. This is my meal for the next days. Okay, here's what you do. I already got it set up for you. You have to have your, uh, bellini, mmkay? Mhm.
And, a little bit of sour cream, and a little egg. I gave you more caviar than I wanted to, because I have the rest of this for me later. Oh my god!
(audience laughs) Alright, eat that one, it has the most caviar on it. Alright. See if I like it. Heard it was salty. I'm a salty kind of person. Yeah.
(audience laughs) How is it? Wait, just–
(audience laughs) Twirl it around. Jesus. Oh my god.
You might want to eat it by itself, here. Alright.
Yeah. Clear your mouth. Alright.
Um, I'm a slow eater. Whoo! (audience applauds)
What do you wanna be when you grow up? When I grow up, I wanna be a lawyer. Good for you, you don't wanna be a chef? No. You're gonna be a lawyer, you make a lot of money, you're gonna open a restaurant– I don't cook, I eat! (audience laughs) You want a restaurant for yourself? Yeah. Here. Whoo! Now how do you like it? Oh, too salty. Oh!
Perfect! Then its all mine!
(audience applauds) Hey, listen kiddo. We have a surprise for you. First of all, I can't believe you've never had caviar. Second of all, I can't believe that you've never been to Cipriani's here in New York. Really? You've never been to Cipriani's, have you heard of Cipriani's? There are four of them. No. Go to the one down at Wall Street, it's very, very good. Okay. The food is got it, all of them, but the ambience I think you'll really like. (Luca laughs) I got you a $500 gift card for Cipriani's, so you can go–
(audience applauds) and you can bring your family,
Whoo! and I don't mind being invited, as well. $500, it's not, it doesn't go, that.. I mean, its expensive.
Ooh, ooh! Okay.
Yeah! Ooh, ooh!
We'll be right back! Thank you, Luca! (upbeat music)