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Batali coming to Westport, CT (Abbondanza)

Zobot Feb 7, 2011 12:14 PM

Just caught the post over at CTBites that Mario Batali has apparently signed a lease for Westport's old Abbondanza Restaurant/Specialty Food space.

No details yet, but this is certainly interesting and excting news. Westport's definitely become a hot town for restaurant growth in Fairfield County.

I'm curious though what this means for the long-rumored Batali/Bastianich place on the Post Road in Darien. It's hard to imagine that Batali would open restaurants in both Darien & Westport in 2011.

Here's the blog post on Batali's arrival:
http://06880danwoog.com/2011/02/07/be...

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    eatermom Feb 7, 2011 12:44 PM

    I've heard the Darien spot is dead and someone else took the space already.

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      suzyrose1 Feb 8, 2011 08:36 AM

      Zobot...have you been to the tarry lodge?

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        Zobot Feb 8, 2011 10:53 AM

        Hey Suzy, yes, I have been to the Tarry Lodge a few times.

        I think the food is really good, and I'd go so far as to say that their Truffle, Egg, and Guanciale pizza is easily one of my most favorite pizzas anywhere.

        However, if I'm being critical, I do think their service is pretty poor and the prices, well, it's a Batali restaurant, so it's no bargain.

        Just my two cents though.

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          sibeats Feb 8, 2011 10:59 AM

          Oh that pizza...we've been to Tarry Lodge only twice, and got that pizza both times. When I heard Batali might be coming to Westport, that's the first thing that popped into my head. That being said, I thought their pastas were waaay oversalted, but I'll give it another try if they open in our neck of the woods!

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            suzyrose1 Feb 8, 2011 11:21 AM

            have you had the pizza at match or b.j. ryans?

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              sibeats Feb 8, 2011 12:00 PM

              Yes, I've had the pizza at Match, it is very good. I went to BJ Ryans once and thought it was rather bad overall, will not go back.

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                suzyrose1 Feb 8, 2011 12:07 PM

                bang bang shrimp. lettuce wraps. hot oil pizza...mmm

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            suzyrose1 Feb 8, 2011 11:17 AM

            ok...you guys are making excuses...poor service. salty...

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              sibeats Feb 8, 2011 12:01 PM

              I'm not sure what you are referring to about making "excuses"...the pasta was very very salty...who are we making excuses for? Us or the restaurant? Please explain...

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                suzyrose1 Feb 8, 2011 12:08 PM

                you are making excuses for the restaurant

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                  sibeats Feb 8, 2011 12:28 PM

                  How am I making excuses for the restaurant? I am criticizing the restaurant. The guanciale pizza is great. The pasta was oversalted. I went twice and ordered the pizza. I have no reason to make excuses for the restaurant...

      2. missmar79 Feb 8, 2011 09:50 AM

        this is exciting! i hope they expand the space..abbondanza was quite small

        1. jfood Feb 8, 2011 01:20 PM

          it will be a good thing if they bring the nyc batali quality. But if it is the Tarry Lodge stuff, big yawn. Pizza was good at TL but the other stuff was not something I run back to.

          I will withhold any opinion until it opens and I have a chance to try.

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            tonylazzeri Feb 10, 2011 03:49 AM

            Very exciting news!

            1. algct Feb 10, 2011 04:16 AM

              Maybe he will open up a salumi retail area.

               
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                harrie Feb 10, 2011 04:30 AM

                It has a name now: Tarry Lodge Enoteca and Pizzeria
                http://06880danwoog.com/2011/02/10/an...

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                  sibeats Feb 10, 2011 05:07 AM

                  It seems as though they switched the names, no? On WestportNow.com it says:

                  "He said the Westport location will be named Tarry Lodge Enoteca & Pizzeria, similar to Batali’s Tarry Market restaurant in Port Chester, N.Y."

                  Since the Port Chester place is called Tarry Lodge, I wonder if the Westport place will be Tarry Market.

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                    Zobot Feb 10, 2011 05:36 AM

                    I'm really hoping that "Tarry Lodge Enoteca & Pizzeria" means that this new location will have a more casual menu with a major focus on the pizzas which are the overshadowed crown jewels of the Port Chester Tarry Lodge outpost.

                    That would be outstanding.

                    @sibeats - My guess is that it's just a mistake on WestportNow.com -- Tarry Market is part of Tarry Lodge in Port Chester, it's the relatively new (opened in November) Italian speciality store that sits on Main St. I don't imagine that they would completely eliminate the well-established Lodge name from Port Chester.

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