Chef Robbins aims to repeat success with NYC eatery

Tue Sep 8, 2009 8:13am EDT
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By Richard Leong

NEW YORK (Reuters Life!) - Missy Robbins is gearing up a rare venture in these tough economic times.

The 38-year-old, known for her mastery of contemporary Italian cuisine, is planning the launch of an outpost of A Voce, where she has been executive chef.

The second restaurant will open later this month in Midtown Manhattan after the original A Voce debuted in 2006.

Robbins spoke to Reuters about her love of Italian flavors and simple cooking.

Q: Will the second A Voce be different from the original?

A: "We are keeping them conceptually the same, and in terms of menu structure it's the same. We are doing different dishes at the two separate places. We have an antipasti section. We have a pasta section. We have a secondi section. The goal is that people who come know they are eating my food and know they are eating at A Voce."

Q: Describe your culinary point of view.

A: "I would say definitely contemporary Italian. I want to pay respect to the regional influences of Italy and seasonally influences of New York, and combine those together."   Continued...

<p>Chef Missy Robbins is seen in this undated photo. Undated handout/Reuters/Courtesy of A Voce restaurant</p>