Tanya Bastianich Manuali has been immersed in Italian culture her entire life. Tanya graduated from Georgetown University summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts in art history. Her junior year was spent abroad in Florence, Italy, studying Italian Renaissance art history, which was to become her passion. She continued her studies with a full scholarship for a Masters program from Syracuse University, specializing in Italian Renaissance art history. This two year program, which took place in Florence Italy, was the beginning of Tanya’s six-year sojourn in Italy, in particular, living in the cradle of the Renaissance, Florence. Tanya continued her studies with a merit based scholarship at Oxford University (UK), again focusing on Italian Renaissance art history. She completed her Ph.D. in 2000 and began teaching in Italy for Boston College and Syracuse University. In 1996 Tanya launched, together with her mother Lidia and partner Shelly Burgess Nicotra, Esperienze Italiane, a small upscale travel company focusing on Italian food, wine, and art. Tanya is a partner with Lidia and her brother Joseph in Felidia, Becco, Lidia’s Kansas City and Lidia’s Pittsburgh. She oversees the development of Lidia’s Kitchen, a tabletop and cookware line and together with Corrado, her husband, they own Nonna Foods which produces products such as Lidia’s Sauce and Lidia’s Pasta. Tanya co-authoredLidia’s Italy and Lidia Cooks from the Heart of Italy: A Feast of 175 Regional Recipes, both published by Alfred A. Knopf and is currently working onLidia’s Italy in America which will be published in the Fall of 2011. Tanya’s latest publication,Reflections of the Breast: Breast Cancer in Art Through the Ages, which she co-authored with Dr. Francis Arena, was published in the Fall of 2010. She is a driving force in the production of Lidia’s Italy, the Public Television series and lives with her husband and children, Lorenzo and Julia, in Long Island.

the team

Lidia Bastianich

Lidia Bastianich: founder & president of Tavola Productions, an entertainment company that produces high-quality broadcast productions including Lidia’s Italy, an Emmy-nominated television series; one of the best-loved chefs on television, ...

Executive Chef Fortunato Nicotra

Fortunato Nicotra arrived in New York City to work for celebrity chef Lidia Matticchio Bastianich in 1995. Hired as her Executive Chef of the famous flagship restaurant, Felidia, the restaurant earned three ...

Jennifer Tillerson

Private Dining Manager