Stella Ballarini moved to Italy as a ballerina. She fell in love with the country and stayed for ten years. She changed careers while there, switching from dance to running a solo PR company. But when she returned to the States, she had no work references, other than her own word. With no employment options available, Ballarini opened her own event consulting firm, Scoozi Events NYC. Through a mix of chance and good fortune — like landing Ed Sullivan Restaurant as a client when Anthony Bourdain was the head chef — Ballarini grew her one-man band into a mid-sized corporate catering company with 16 full-time staff and 70 active freelancers. Now Ballarini has opened a new eatery, Amused (142 West 83rd Street; 212-799-0080). The new spot offers Ballarini and her team more opportunity for creativity, with whimsical takes on American fare.
|All photos by Michael Tullipan|
|Ramen Noodle Carbonara with pork belly|