Joe Virgillito

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New Jersey
Quinnipiac University
Italian-American Cuisine, Vegetable Gardening, Pasta Making
  • Joe is an avid tomato gardener and has cultivated rare varieties from across the world.
  • He's an enthusiastic home cook who constantly tests new recipes, techniques, and the freshest ingredients from his garden.
  • He is currently cooking his way through his grandmother's collection of generations-old Italian recipes.


Joe was born and raised in New Jersey and grew up exploring and eating his way through the culinary delights of New York City before eventually moving to Brooklyn. He has worked as a writer, editor, and podcast host, producing more than 1,000 daily and weekly podcasts on all manner of subjects, including politics, science, sports, and pop culture. His passion for food and cooking started as a kid grilling in his parent's backyard, occasionally without permission. Before writing and editing for Tasting Table, Joe hosted and produced The Daily Beat, a current events-based podcast on which he interviewed authors, scientists, and fellow journalists, including Shea Serrano, economist Jeffrey Sachs, and more.


Joe received a Bachelor of Arts in journalism from Quinnipiac University.

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