Gabrielle Hamilton on The Beauty of The Negroni
Originally published on Food Republic, September, 2015.
“Rome?” was all the text said. My reply: “Yes.” This is how my 12-year friendship with chef Gabrielle Hamilton works. She asks, I don’t question and vice versa. We met one night when my pal Anthony Bourdain took me to her New York City restaurant Prune to explain the genealogy of the chef world. This was in the days that paper covered the tables, and Tony drew an entire diagram to help me pick whom to shoot for my first chef book, My Last Supper.
Fast-forward ten years and Gabrielle and I are sitting on the roof of a gorgeous apartment in Rome after filming a scene for her Italy episode of the fourth season of the award-winning PBS series The Mind of a Chef. I was Gabrielle’s “sidekick” in Italy. As we watched the sunset, I decided to ask the Contessa of Negronis to explain why it’s her go-to drink.