Mario Batali

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    November 6, 2014

    Anyone Else Baffled by the Jeremiah Tower and Tavern on the Green Partnership?

    Earlier this week, Tavern on the Green owners Jim Caiola and David Salama announced that they'd finally replaced Katy Sparks, the opening chef who was driven out of the kitchen by scathing reviews. Their pick for her successor, though, is somewhat baffling: Jeremiah Tower is donning the chef's white ... More >>

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    October 10, 2014

    This Weekend's Five Best Food Events

    Fall is in full swing, and there are dozens of parties happening here each weekend. Here are the five best food events this weekend.

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    August 1, 2014

    Move Fast: Nab Your Tickets for This Year's Taste Talks

    "Mario [Batali] asked me to this, and my general rule is, if Mario asks me to do something, I say yes," chef Danny Bowien of Mission Chinese and Mission Cantina explained of his turn as master of ceremonies and curation for the upcoming Taste Talks event in Brooklyn, September 12-14. "April wasn't a ... More >>

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    July 25, 2014

    Here Are a Few Edible Reasons to Explore Port Chester, Greenwich, and Stamford

    Fork in the Road thinks you should get out of town this summer, even if it's only for a day. In this Summer Fridays series, we're covering the best spots to eat in popular day trip locations. See more Summer Fridays ideas in our archives. Port Chester is more than that town The Strokes played the w ... More >>

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    June 10, 2014

    Have a Taste of the Smorgasburg (RED) Dish Competition

    This past weekend, AIDS-fighting organization (RED) took over Smorgasburg as part of its EAT (RED). DRINK (RED). SAVE LIVES campaign, bringing delicious (RED) inspired dishes to the masses. Many vendors created special (RED) menu items and donated the proceeds to the cause; some used the color for i ... More >>

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    May 16, 2014

    Mario Batali and Pat LaFrieda Want You to Dine Out and Save Lives With (RED)

    From June 1 through June 10, EAT (RED). DRINK (RED). SAVE LIVES is teaming up with chefs, restaurants, bars, and food trucks to fight AIDS and raise money for the medications that keep HIV patients alive and prevent transfer of the virus to babies in utero. Food and drink vendors all over the world ... More >>

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    March 26, 2013

    Mario Batali's Restaurant Recommendations -- In Northern Michigan

    Apparently, Mario Batali spends his summers in Leelanau County. That must be in the Finger Lakes or in the Adirondacks, right? Wrong! It's a rather obscure part of northwestern Michigan. Not in the UP (Upper Peninsula) either, but right across Lake Michigan from Green Bay, Wisconsin - to help you fo ... More >>

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    September 7, 2012

    Guy Fieri Will Never Be Like Bobby Flay; Batali on Eataly Expansion

    Guy Fieri is bringing his "Awesome Pretzel Chicken Tenders" to Times Square and tells the New York Post that he has something to prove to those with misconceptions about TV chefs: "Look, I'm not Mario Batali, I'm not Bobby Flay -- there's only one of those cats. I'm not trying to be something that I ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 4, 2012

    Where Was I Eating? Babbo Restaurant

    [See Where Else I Ate: Union Square Cafe | Ai Fiori | The Modern] A big congratulations to phoebey who guessed Babbo Restaurant.

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    August 29, 2012

    Marcus Samuelsson at GOP Convention, Bourdain Says He Can Die Happy

    Mario Batali doesn't like it when people yell in his kitchen: "One of the big rules for our kitchens is that if you're not close enough to be able to touch me, you can't talk to me." [New York Times] Obama supporter Marcus Samuelsson is hanging with Arianna Huffington at the Republican National Co ... More >>

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    May 16, 2012

    Why Is Mario Batali on Food Stamps?

    Here's a publicity stunt we can get behind: Mario Batali and his family are eating for a week on a food stamp budget--$31 a person, for the entire week. Batali is protesting budget cuts to SNAP currently pending in Congress.

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    March 29, 2012

    Under the Toque: Bagel and Lox Creations, Art Installations

    Mario Batali and artist Jim Dine teamed up to make a super fancy, limited-edition cookbook up for auction on eBay with a minimum bid of $1,200 a copy. Proceeds from the sale will go to the Lunchbox Fund. [Eater] For the annual conference of the International Academy of Culinary Professionals, chefs ... More >>

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    March 29, 2012

    JoeDoe's Joe Dobias on Being a Subway Sandwich Artist, Opening a Restaurant with $90,000 Part 1

    ​Joe Dobias, chef-owner of East Village restaurants JoeDoe and JoeDough, is a talker. We sat down with the Cornell Hospitality School graduate to talk sandwiches, Passover, and future projects and found out that it only takes one question to get the chef to tell us how he really feels about fellow ... More >>

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    March 8, 2012

    Under the Toque: Batali Settles Suit, New Prune Cookbook in the Works

    Chef shuffles and kerfuffles this week: Mario Batali and Joseph Bastianich have agreed to pay $5.25 million to settle a lawsuit filed on behalf of their restaurants' employees who claimed that the owners deducted the equivalent of 4 to 5 percent of the total wine sales from the tip pool and pockete ... More >>

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    February 15, 2012

    Mario Batali's Banh Mi at Num Pang: Interesting

    Here it is, in all its mayo-oozing, pickled-vegetable glory. When I read in Eater about Mario Batali's new sandwich offering at Cambodian sandwich shop Num Pang, I was on my bike and furiously peddling over there. I found a knot of supplicants around the walk-up window, almost all of them waiting ... More >>

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    December 29, 2011

    Michael Vignola 'In' at Strip House

    Michael Vignola has decided to trade Gravy's fare for a new post at Strip House. No word who's taking his old job at the Flatiron Southern restaurant. [Grub Street]

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    November 11, 2011

    This Week in Food Blogs: BataliGate, Thanksgiving, Robots

    This week in food blogs...Mario Batali, before publicly comparing bankers to Hitler and Stalin​Eater National thoroughly chronicles BataliGate.Grub Street finds that eighties movie queen Phoebe Cates really, really likes Sfoglia. 

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    November 10, 2011

    Ryan Skeen 'In' at Pera Soho; Sam Talbot 'Out' at Imperial No. 9

    ​​Ryan Skeen, formerly of Fish Tag (who's also formerly of Allen & Delancey, Irving Mill, and 5 & Diamond), will head the soon-to-open Pera Soho. [Grub Street]Sam Talbot has given notice at Imperial No. Nine, over long-standing disputes about the restaurant's direction.[Eater]Portla ... More >>

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    October 24, 2011

    Make Mario Batali's Leg of Lamb in a Clementine Crust, from His New Cookbook, Molto Batali

    Photo courtesy of Molto Batali (ecco 2011).Molto lamb.​ Mario Batali has been busy with his new show, The Chew, but not too busy to release a new cookbook, Molto Batali: Simple Family Dinners from My Home to Yours, out tomorrow. As part of the launch, the man in the orange Crocs will match the ... More >>

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    September 14, 2011

    Pix From Birreria, on the Roof of Eataly

    ​Presented on a bed of "krauti," the beef-pork links from Trentino called probusto are juicy and fabulous. (Click to enlarge, as if they needed to be any bigger.) This week, Counter Culture makes the long climb to Birreria, the new beer garden (well, not really) on the rooftop of Eataly. The ... More >>

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    April 8, 2011

    Batali, Chang, and Colicchio Flash Their Mugs for Marriage Equality

    Well, this is nice: Mario Batali, David Chang, and Tom Colicchio are showing their faces for a good cause.

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    March 17, 2011

    Eric LeVine 'In' at Montammy Golf Club; Shaun Hergatt Planning New Resto

    ​Eric LeVine, who was a winner on the Food Network's Chopped, is now cooking at the Montammy Golf Club in Alpine, N.J. [Kinetic News] Shaun Hergatt has announced that he is planning a new restaurant in the next two years that will be a little bit closer to Midtown. [Zagat Buzz] Mario Batali ... More >>

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    March 10, 2011

    The Best Thing I Ate Yesterday

    Welcome to The Best Thing I Ate Yesterday, where we endeavor to remember the very best thing we stuffed down our gullets over the past 24 hours. Why? Because the only thing better than enjoying a meal is wallowing in the memory of one savored in the recent past. Today's fond reminiscences ...

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    November 19, 2010

    The Barneys Food (Network)-Themed Holiday Windows: Some Pictures

    ​Mario Batali's decapitated head is surrounded by a garnish of Crocs. On Tuesday, Barneys unveiled its much-anticipated food-themed holiday windows. Inscribed with the command "Have a Foodie Holiday," the three tableau offer an assemblage of 70 Food Network "personalities," chefs, and assort ... More >>

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    November 4, 2010

    David Santos 'In' at Hotel Griffou; Eric Hara 'Out' at Sienna and Dekko Café

    ​David Santos, most recently at 5 & Diamond, is the new chef at Hotel Griffou, where he's revamping the menu with a Portuguese accent. [Grub Street] Eric Hara has been keeping busy helming the Oak Room at the Plaza's kitchen, as well as consulting at forthcoming Sienna and Dekko Café in Ast ... More >>

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    October 14, 2010

    At Last! Bitter Feast Will Screen This Weekend

    Bitter FeastPlenty of spleen, served with bile.​Right on the bloody heels of Take Out comes the glorious news that Bitter Feast is finally, at long last, going to see the light of day. In Brooklyn, specifically. The film, a splattery revenge tale about a chef and the blogger who killed his car ... More >>

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    September 8, 2010

    De Gustibus Celebrates Its 30th Anniversary Next Week

    On the eighth floor, chefly nirvana.​De Gustibus has been holding cooking classes on the eighth floor of Macy's since 1980, providing us hapless plebes with the opportunity to learn firsthand from the likes of Mario Batali, Jacques Pépin, Madhur Jaffrey, Sara Jenkins, Edna Lewis, and Al ... More >>

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    September 7, 2010

    A Comprehensive Guide to Fork in the Road Eataly Coverage--Updated

    ​A black-skullcapped hunk stands ready to provide a hot embrace -- for your panino. The debut of Eataly may be remembered as the most tumultuous culinary event of the year. To help you sort through all the details -- since it probably won't be possible to actually walk into the place unimped ... More >>

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    August 27, 2010

    Scarpetta Latest to Jump on Vegetarian Bandwagon

    peet-astn/flickrIt's what's for dinner.​ Scott Conant is the latest chef to go meatless. He is introducing a new vegetarian menu at Scarpetta, featuring such garden delights as vegetable and farro risotto with shaved parmigiano, and rosemary-braised lentils with broccoli rabe and concentrated ... More >>

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    August 25, 2010

    A First Look at Eataly

    ​Eataly will finally open its massive, massive doors next Tuesday, August 31. In the meantime, Eater has a slideshow of the Italian grocery store/temple/sensory experience/gastronomic amusement park. Mario Batali has declared that "food is more sacred than commerce" at Eataly, but somehow, loo ... More >>

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    August 23, 2010

    Mario Batali Explains What Eataly Is, Exactly

    ​"We're not a food hall. We're a grocery store with tasting rooms and restaurants. We don't want you to just come and eat and walk away. We want you to come and taste some things and then take them home and cook them." -- Mario Batali talks to New York magazine about the imminent arrival of hi ... More >>

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    July 30, 2010

    NYC's Best BBQ; Is Aged Beef Overrated?

    This week in food blogs... Feast listed its highest scoring barbecue joints, including Georgia's Eastside BBQ, Dinosaur Bar-B-Que, and Hill Country. Grub Street continued to follow Mario Batali and Joe Bastianich's legal woes, discovering that employees from another five restaurants now want to su ... More >>

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    June 3, 2010

    I Was Dissed By a Chef

    ​I was sitting and minding my own business at a prestigious event the other night when a fairly well known restaurant guy woke me out of my reverie by bellowing, "How come you don't have a website that people pay $20 million for?" I was too stunned to think of any apt responses, like: "Um, I ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 23, 2010

    Hark! Mario Batali Provides Some More Eataly Details

    ​ Yesterday, we learned about Eataly's plans to open "the craziest and amazing brewery in the world" on its rooftop. Today, on the Time website, Josh Ozersky brings more details about the Italian foods monolith. Mario Batali, who with his partner Joe Bastianich is planning to open Eataly la ... More >>

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    January 8, 2010

    Mario Batali Delves Into his Genetics on PBS

    On February 10th, Mario Batali will appear on Faces of America, the PBS series on the complex genealogy and genetics of prominent Americans, hosted by Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates Jr. (Yes, he of the beer summit.) In the preview, we learn that Batali had a French great grandfather named LaFra ... More >>

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    December 2, 2009

    Talk Tonight: David Chang, Peter Meehan & Mario Batali at the Strand

    ​Lest you forget Momofuku, the cookbook, is on the bookshelves, David Chang and co-author Peter Meehan will sit down for a conversation with Mario Batali about it tonight at the Strand.

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    November 18, 2009

    Own a Piece of Your Favorite Chef: Slow Food NYC Auctions Tools of the Trade

    What would you give for this man's jacket?​ Some people throw their underwear onstage at Tom Jones (or Guy Fieri). Others stand in line for hours to get a copy of their favorite cookbook signed. If you're a die-hard fan of some of the chefs this city has produced, now's your chance to own a pi ... More >>

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    November 6, 2009

    Dovetail Re-opens Tonight, Expanded and Renovated

    Dovetail, pre-renovation.​Just as Mario Batali has shrunk Del Posto in his quest for the NYT stamp of approval, Dovetail has added 20 seats to its dining room and 500 bottles to its wine list. According to a rep, John Fraser's Upper West Side New American restaurant will also boast a new somme ... More >>

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    September 9, 2009

    Even Closed, the John Dory Swims Against a Tide of Back Rent

    You'd also look annoyed if you owed $75,000 in rent.​For the John Dory, the end may be the beginning of even more trouble: The Daily News is reporting that Mario Batali and Joe Bastianich, who were both guarantors of the shuttered seafood restaurant, owe almost $75,000 in back rent to the buil ... More >>

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    September 3, 2009

    The 'Bitter Feast' Trailer Is Out

    Bitter Feast is a low-budget comic thriller, written and directed by Joe Maggio, about a New York City chef who takes his revenge on a food critic. Mario Batali takes time out of the real-life fine dining scene to play the role of the restaurant owner. [via Eat Me Daily]

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    April 7, 2009

    Organ Recital--The Baroque Wonder of Head Cheese

    Supermarket head cheese--merchandised in plastic tubs the same way as boloney and boiled salami--has given the jellied collection of meat byproducts a bad name. In fact, a friend claims he once found a package in the refrigerator case of a Brooklyn supermarket that had a pair of intact eyelids s ... More >>

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    March 13, 2009

    Posts of the Week

    Better than Peeps: chocolate pudding and pig's bloodHappy Friday everybody. Here are some of our favorite posts from the week that was. Inaugurating a New Feature: Real DivesFood TV: Marco Pierre White Plays JesusSanguinaccio: Bloody Chocolate Pudding for EasterMario Batali Picks Motorino for Best P ... More >>

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    March 9, 2009

    Mario Picks Motorino

    Motorino takes the Calvin GodfreyGrub Street takes Mario Batali and Mark Ladner, his partner in Del Posto and Otto, on a tour of the city's fancy new(ish) pizzerias: Co. (230 Ninth Avenue), Spunto (65 Carmine Street), Motorino (319 Graham Avenue, Brooklyn), and San Marzano (71 Clinton Str ... More >>

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    February 12, 2009

    If Batali and Bourdain Were on Top Chef last night

    Strange coincidence...or is it? Last night's Top Chef had the cheftestants cooking "last suppers" for culinary luminaries Wylie Dufresne, Lidia Bastianich, Marcus Samuelsson, Jacques Pepin, and James Beard Foundation president Susan Ungaro, while today on Serious Eats, Mario Batali and Anthony Bourd ... More >>

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    June 12, 2008

    Women in the Kitchen

    Our Man Sietsema was nice enough to call my attention to a very interesting article up right now on Gourmet's website. In it, Laura Shapiro wonders why so few women chefs make it to the tippity top of the restaurant world in New York. And it's true that while you can think of several women chefs—A ... More >>

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    December 17, 2007
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    January 3, 2006

    Culinary Smack Down

    Iron Chef New York: Batali vs. Dufresne

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    April 6, 2004


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    May 21, 2002
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    March 19, 2002

    Feeding Frenzy

    From Celebrity Chefs to Gourmet Guerrillas, Americans Confront the Hazards of the Food World

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