Al Mancini Bio

Among the most unconventional food experts in America, Al Mancini has never allowed society to define him. He spent more than 20 years in the music industry working for record companies, recording studios, dingy rock clubs, major music magazines and an international news organization. After getting his law degree, he went to work for ABC News Radio, where he spent more than 15 years interviewing literally thousands of the world’s top musicians, actors and politicians.

But Al’s passion has always been food. And over the past decade, he’s risen to become one of the top food writers in one of America’s most important food cities: Las Vegas. He’s spent nine years as the restaurant critic for Las Vegas Citylife. He’s written about food for Luxury Las Vegas, 944, Desert Companion, Where, What’s On? and AOL’s City’s Best. He’s hosted food programs on Nevada Public Radio and was a contributor to the international guidebook Time Out Las Vegas. Most recently, Al created and co-authored the definitive Las Vegas dining guide Eating Las Vegas: The 50 Essential Restaurants.

Al’s greatest passion is making dining, on every level, accessible to everyone. His most serious complaint about dining is that so many Americans are still intimidated by certain restaurants. As someone who has never lost his punk rock roots or attitude while he’s been embraced by some of the greatest chefs in the world, his motto is simple: “If I can eat in these restaurants, anyone can!” And every episode of his new Food Enquirer show Dining Invasion will break down one of the walls people mistakenly believe exist between gourmands and the rest of the world. His guests hail from all walks of life. They’re gourmet chefs, rock stars, porn stars, DJs, bartenders, and tattoo artists. Yet they all have one thing in common: they all love food!

Food Critic, Al Mancini