An Interview with Melissa & Joey Maggiore of the Food Network’s “Family Style”


A week ago, I was lucky enough to chat with Melissa and Joey Maggiore, stars of the new Food Network program “Family Style,”which premiered on August 26. The show follows the Maggiores, a brother and sister team who opened up Tommy V’s Urban Kitchen, an Italian restaurant in Carlsbad, California.  This unscripted “odd couple-esque” series documents the mayhem, mishaps, and hilarity that come with working with your sibling. Read some of the interview highlights after the jump!

On parenting:
Both Melissa and Joey both have children at home, so working long hours can be tough.  While Joey has his wife to take some of the load of parenting off his shoulders, Melissa, a single mother, has the difficult task of balancing working life with caring for her children.  She tries to make sure that she is involved in her children’s lives as much as she can be, taking them to school in the morning, picking them up from school in the afternoon, and having them visit the restaurant throughout the day.  “From what I’ve learned, it’s not the quantity; it’s the quality of time. So, the time that I am with them is just for them – I turn off the phone and I’m just with my children.”

On Their Guilty Pleasures:
Melissa:  Cheese! “I hide in the walk-in and I go through the cheese and eat all the gorgonzola and the blue cheese, and as soon as they walk in I take my hand away.”

Joey: “We make a traditional, Sicilian cheesecake called testata – basically a cannoli filling in a cake. That’s my guilty pleasure- every night I try to sneak one in!”

On Their Favorite Italian Dishes to Make at Home:
Melissa: Aioli.  “I do it all the time – pasta, olive oil, garlic, a little red pepper. I cook really simple at home, with a lot of seafood.”

Joey: Sugo.  He describes it as braised short ribs, homemade meatballs, and you cook it all day long.”

Read the full interview here to learn about the advice they have for getting picky eaters to try new foods, the time Joey dug up the yard of Melissa’s rented house, and the signature dishes at Tommy V’s Urban Kitchen!

Also, be sure to tune in to the Food Network on Thursdays at 10:30pm Eastern time to see all-new episodes of “Family Style!”

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