Chef Melissa Muller Daka of Pastai - New York, NY

190 Seventh Avenue
New York, NY 10011
(646) 225-6606
Hours: Mon-Thu 11am-11pm; Fri 11am-midnight; Sat 10am-midnight; Sun 10 am-10pm

Sicilian born Chef-owner Melissa Muller Daka spent her childhood learning the traditions of Italian cuisine in her mother’s kitchen. After culinary school and attending Columbia University’s program in culinary anthropology, Daka is now reinterpreting the Sicilian meals of her childhood at Chelsea hotspot, Eolo. At its core, Daka’s food remains true to the cultural and historical culinary traditions of the region. Her freshly made pasta dishes are complex, offering both sweet and sour notes typical of Sicilian cuisine, and the rustic and intimate setting evokes the welcoming atmosphere of a lazy Sunday family meal.

Recommended Dishes:
  • Agneddu ala Saracena: Braised Lamb with Roasted Carrots, Polenta, and Mushroom Sugo
  • Purpu cu Ciciri: Octopus with Chickpea Puree, Confit Potatoes, and Carrots

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