My name is Jared Paventi and I am the voice of Al Dente. This, my friends, is a blog about eating. I’m not a foodie. I’m an eater. I like nice things and eating at nice places, but the dining experience is more important than the label on the box or the sign on the door.
I was raised in Liverpool and have called Syracuse home for my entire life. While I was in high school, I was part of a revolutionary experiment called hj magazine. This was when newspapers had staff and money to do these sorts of things, and LONNNNNG before cell phones, the Internet and other distractions. For about six or seven years, the big distraction each Thursday was when free copies of hj were delivered to the high school. I got to be part of that. It was my first taste of writing and dashed my parents’ hopes that I would become an accountant like my cousin Tim. Anyhow, my work has appeared in the now defunct Herald-Journal, The Virginian Pilot, The Yomiuri Shimbun, and on the Associated Press wire, USAToday.com, Livestrong.com, eHow.com, and Syracuse.com, among other outlets.
I hold two journalism degrees — a bachelor’s degree from St. Bonaventure University and a master’s from Syracuse University — and was thiiiiiiis close to a dual bachelor’s in history (it’s a long story).