TCQ&A: Marco Pasanella

The rules: Answer as many of the 47 questions as you like (but a minimum of 15, and you must answer #1–4). Please limit most answers to the general geographic area.

1. How long have you lived in the area? Where did you move from? Where are you originally from? Since 2003. The Meatpacking District. The Upper West Side.

2. Married? Partnered? If so, what’s his/her name and occupation? Rebecca Robertson.

3. Kids? Pets? Luca (the “son” in Pasanella & Son), two lovebirds, one cat, a turtle.

4. Where do you live? Above the store.

5. What do you do for a living? Shopkeeper, Pasanella & Son, Vintners (115 South St., between Peck Slip and Beekman, 212-233-8383). In 2006, we opened up our wine shop in what was the Fulton Fish Market. Six years later, we now carry over 450 wines from artisan producers and have our own enoteca where we host tastings and events. I just wrote a book, Uncorked: My Journey Through The Crazy World of Wine (Clarkson Potter), that describes the journey—or how I turned a perfectly nice life (I was an architect) upside down to follow my dream. It’s part mid-life crisis and part peek behind the curtain of the wine trade. Ultimately, it’s the story about making a better life, even if I managed to screw up all along the way. And it all takes place downtown!

6. The best deal around: Lunch at Backyard Chicken (241 Pearl): 1/4 roast chicken, three generous sides (choose from among collard greens, mac n’ cheese, mashed potatoes, sweet plantains, and rice), and a lemonade all for $7.

9. Best sandwich: The New Tradition from My Belly’s Playlist. [Left; photo by Chris Mather.]

10. Sweet-tooth satisfaction: The smores pie from Pie Corps at the New Amsterdam Market.

11. Most delicious cocktail: Without the least bit of objectivity, I’d have to say it’s out rosemary rosé spritzer. Start by making a rosemary-infused syrup: Bring 3/4 cup of sugar and 1 1/2 cups water to a  boil in a medium saucepan. Stir until sugar dissolves. Add four rosemary sprigs and simmer for five minutes. Remove from heat. Let cool. Discard rosemary. Chill at least one hour. Add 1/4 of the syrup, 1/2 cup of our rosé, and top with sparkling water. Garnish with a rosemary spring. Drink immediately! Or our version of the Manhattan: 2 oz Rowan’s Creek Bourbon, 1/2 oz Cocchi Vermouth di Torino, 2-3 dashes Fee Brothers Old Fashioned Bitters, 2 Ole Smoky Moonshine Cherries. Preparation: 1. Pour the ingredients into a mixing glass with ice cubes. 2. Stir well. 3. Drink up!

17. How I stay fit: I ride my bike on the Greenway up to Central Park for some laps.

18. Where I get beautiful: Doesn’t happen.

19. What’s the area’s best-kept secret? That there’s $415 billion in gold bullion beneath 33 Liberty St. (the Federal Reserve)—and you can go see it.

23. When my kids are older, they’ll always remember the smell of fish. When we first moved here, we lived in the middle of the Fulton Fish Market. Our ground floor tenant was a fishmonger who moved 75,000 pounds of salmon out of our front door—every day!

25. Advice for other parents: For kids under six, the Imagination Playground (right; South St. at Burling Slip), with its huge do-it-yourself blocks, is hard to beat.

26. Kids’ classes you’d recommend: Children’s Museum of the Arts, where the kids’ art classes are so good you’ll want to pretend you’re seven. My favorite: The claymation studio where you can make your own movies.

32. My very favorite spot: The Reading Room [left] at the Down Town Association (60 Pine), in the middle of winter, by the roaring fire.

34. If money were no object, I’d build a penthouse and roof garden addition on top of my building with soil deep enough to plant a tree.

38. The most romantic spot around: the top of the new Pier 15 designed by SHoP Architects. You can lie on a grassy knoll floating two stories over the river with the Brooklyn Bridge and schooner masts to your left, Brooklyn Bridge Park in front, and the rest of New York Harbor spreading out to your right. Just about perfect.

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