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Apparently Jim Boeheim’s a food expert in coaching circles

“The Best Thing I Ever Ate” is almost universally Italian food of some sort.

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We’ve long hoped for the day when the ACC Network gave Syracuse Orange coach Jim Boeheim the platform he rightfully deserved as a foremost expert on cuisine. And in keeping with the tradition of the coach sharing his food and travel insights, shares some of the coach’s picks from the road and how he’s become a bit of an expert resource for other coaches.

Predictably, Boeheim loves Italian restaurants, though mixes in a “wildcard” or two with steak and Mediterranean options as well. Really, these locations should all be rated in terms of the quality of their chicken parm, or on a scale of 1 to 5 Delmonico’s (how they compare to the Syracuse establishment).

In any case, browse the list and marvel at Jim picking the exact restaurant you’d expect him to pick in every city. Sadly no opinions about L.A. here — would’ve loved to compare notes with Coach.

That, plus the rest of your daily Syracuse links below:

Jim Boeheim’s favorite restaurants: See where Syracuse coach eats on the road (

That theory was put to the test a few years ago when the Syracuse basketball team found itself in Salt Lake City, Utah, for the NCAA Tournament. Salt Lake City was a new stop for Boeheim. So he reached out to former NBA coach and television analyst Mike Fratello and former Seton Hall coach turned NBA analyst P.J. Carlesimo. That’s generally what coaches do when they have to spend so much time traveling. They rely on each other and Boeheim is regarded as a go-to guy.

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