Mario Batali has restaurants on both coasts, but during the Summer, the Italian-American chef is inspired by a unexpected locale: Michigan. Each Summer, chef Batali, his wife, and his kids pack up and head to their Michigan home, complete with a picturesque view of the lake and an outdoor wood-burning oven. Get ready to be envious: the chef shares photos of his whereabouts and family meals via Twitter.
What's the appeal for serious foodies who might not be familiar with Michigan? Mario claims he really loves that Michigan's food culture is "unique and unapologetic." In terms of ingredients, he says Michigan offers local fish and magnificent stone fruit that can obviously be shipped anywhere, but are best enjoyed "right out of the water, right out of the dirt, or right out of the tree." While at a Pure Michigan event, Mario Batali spoke to us about what he's craving this Summer and how to prepare it.