You may remember him as “Top Scallop” (I know I do), but Top Chef’s Fabio Viviani is much more than the charming, handsome Italian chef you remember from television. If you’re a Chicagoan, you know him as one of the guys behind Siena Tavern. And now, thanks to his new wine collection available exclusively at Chicagoland grocer Mariano’s, you can also know him as the guy that gets you drunk. (But don’t worry, non-Chicagoans — distribution will be expanded nationally in 2015.)
I had the pleasure of meeting Fabio a few weeks ago at the release party for his new wine collection at the Mariano’s store in Chicago’s West Loop. He discussed the inspiration behind his wine collection, its availability at Mariano’s stores, and the fact that he can never resist taking a selfie.