R5 Chef Q&A: Burrata Wood Fired Pizza’s Chas Anderson

Chas Anderson

Burrata Wood Fired Pizza
425 White Plains Rd, Eastchester
(914-337-3700; burratapizza.com)

The Best Pizza (not counting Burrata’s) I’ve Had Is…the Margherita from [San Francisco’s] Una Pizza Napoletana when it was in New York. Owner Anthony Mangieri was one of the first to start this pizza obsession that I live for.

Favorite Kitchen Utensil…I know it’s not a kitchen utensil, but my Stefano Ferrara wood-fired oven.

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On a Day Off, I’d Likely Be…As any restaurant owner knows, there is no such thing as a day off.

I Never Eat…foie gras. I just can’t get it down.

What Diners Don’t Know but Should…Never sacrifice quality for cost. High-quality ingredients are priceless.

What Waiters Should Never Do…Chew gum—it drives me crazy.

Favorite Form of Exercise…This question is reminding me that I have to join the gym again.

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What Does a Kitchen Have to Have For You to Work in It?…Fire and water.

Culinary School Can’t Teach…300 covers in a 45-seat restaurant.

Food Trend I Hate the Most…Molecular gastronomy. I think food should be treated with respect and with a simple approach.

My Favorite Movie Is…A Good Year [a 2006 British romantic comedy directed by Ridley Scott and starring Russell Crowe]

Most Famous Person I Ever Cooked For…Chef Gualtiero Marchesi, the founder of modern Italian cuisine.

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Best Thing about Cooking in Westchester…Getting home before 2 am.


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