Chef of the Year: Katie Collier, Katie’s Pizza & Pasta Osteria

Fresh, simple, seasonal. Katie Collier’s approach to Italian cuisine at Katie’s Pizza & Pasta Osteria, which she owns with her husband, Ted, balances tradition with modern and inventive spins. The bright, open kitchen allows diners to watch as crostini is layered with shaved bottarga, lemon and dill; salads are composed with prawns, avocado and shaved kohlrabi; and blistered pizzas topped with fingerling potatoes, speck and black sea salt or herbed chicken, roasted garlic, gorgonzola and dandelion greens are pulled from the glowing wood-fired oven. Collier’s creativity and personal connection with her customers set her apart in a city full of fantastic Italian food. (Photo by J. Pollack Photography)

Katie’s Pizza & Pasta Osteria, katiespizzaandpasta.com

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