Mark Ganem, chef-owner of Vico, graduated summa cum laude with a degree in biology from Harvard University. Although immersed in a serious course of study, Mr. Ganem found time to be part of the Harvard Lampoon, an organization presided over at that time by Conan O’Brien, now the host of Late Night with Conan O’Brien, on NBC.
Mr. Ganem and Mr. O’Brien danced on tables during the ritual lobster and champagne parties that were part of Lampoon life. They are friends to this day. Mr. O’Brien was present for the preopening party for Vico. —The Independentread more
Vico has already made a name for itself with customers for its inventive take on the cuisine of northern Italy’s Tuscany region as well as its relaxed atmosphere, which includes a deck and garden. This month, the 65-seat restaurant added a full bar and a complete list of Italian wines by the bottle and glass to its offerings. Says Chef-Owner Mark Ganem, “We’re delighted to be able to offer a full dining experience that reflects the tastes of Tuscany, from locally grown produce and meat to traditional Italian salumi and a great selection of wines perfect for the season.” –Hudson Register-Starread more
Tuscan-inspired dining, the legacy of chef-owner Mark Ganem’s time in Italy. The result: items like fettuccine Botticelli, topped with a cream sauce, porcini mushrooms, asparagus and edible flowers, so it really does look like a work of art. Other items in the changing menu could include grilled rosemary-crusted lamb and preparations of tuna, chicken and duck. Warm ambiance, two working fireplaces, excellent pasta and a killer bistecca Fiorentina. —Metrolandread more