10 Questions for Keith McNally

The restaurateur behind New York City hot spots Balthazar and Pastis talks to Kate Novack about his first Italian outpost, Morandi, and his Last Supper

YOU MADE YOUR NAME OPENING FRENCH RESTAURANTS. WHAT PROMPTED YOU TO OPEN AN ITALIAN PLACE? I've spent a great deal of time in Italy over the past six or seven years. But my motivation was museums, not food. I went again and again to look at certain paintings. Not [Giorgio] Morandi's, oddly enough. Eating and restaurants were truly incidental at that point but became less so the more I was there. After a while, I just thought I'd return to New York and give it a go. I'd also known [my chef] Jody Williams for some time and really liked her...

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