Restaurateur and chef Doug Levy began his culinary career at age 16 as a pizza delivery driver. He moved to Florence, Italy, in 1989 and came back with no money but enough Italian under his belt to teach the language at the UA while attending grad school and working as a sous chef at Boccata. Levy opened The Dish in 1995, and then opened Feast in 2001. Feast has recently moved into a new, larger space at 3719 E. Speedway Blvd.
What was the first concert you ever saw?
Fleetwood Mac at McKale Center when I was 14.
What are you listening to these days?
Andrew Collberg, On the Wreath; Nouvelle Vague, Nouvelle Vague; a bunch of old Joe Henry; Shuggie Otis, Inspiration Information; Lady Lamb the Beekeeper; and the playlist at Feast (predominantly jazz and bebop, but it has a mess of other stuff thrown in).
What was the first album you owned?
I was one of those kids who got gypped by the Columbia House Record and Tape Club, so my first album was actually "10 albums for a penny." It was all the albums a 10-year-old would want in 1976.
What artist, genre, or musical trend does everyone seem to love, but you just don't get?
At Feast, the kitchen staff has Country Music Wednesday, which curiously takes place on Thursdays. I dread it. And it's seeping out into Fridays and Saturdays.
What musical act, current or defunct, would you most like to see perform live?
The Pogues canceled a show while I had tickets in hand once; I imagine if Shane McGowan hadn't been "ill," it would have been a great show.
Musically speaking, what is your favorite guilty pleasure?
Crappy Top 40 music from the '70s—America, Badfinger, War, Bachman-Turner Overdrive.
What song would you like to have played at your funeral?
The Velvet Underground's "Oh! Sweet Nuthin'."
What band or artist changed your life, and how?
River Roses, The Johnies, Los Hamsters, Ortho 28, Hoofbone, and the Art Wellsby Trio, who all kept me from excelling in my scholastic endeavors, but offered me a remarkable couple of years.
Figurative gun to your head, what is your favorite album of all time?
Elvis Costello, Imperial Bedroom. I'm that much of a nerd.