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Nov 26, 2012 05:39 PM

Mario Batali opening a restaurant in Boston?

Mario Batali has tweeted that he's opening Babbopizzeria in Boston "very soon":


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    1. According to Boston Restaurant Talk,,, he "could be opening in the Fort Point neighborhood or the Seaport District. "


      I'm thrilled too.

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      1. re: Gio

        THE hottest new 'hood in the city!

      2. The paper reported an address on Summer st today. By Pappagayo.

        1. Aaaah yes, another rock star chef over extending himself...

          1. Probably a form of Mozza which he is expanding on the West Coast.

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            1. re: treb

              treb, it appears that it will actually be another location of OTTO, though he may be calling it Babbo to avoid (further) conflict with the Otto folks in Portland, Brookline, and Cambridge.

              1. re: hiddenboston

                yep...he definitely renamed it for that reason.

                There was a hilarious article on Serious Eats about it...apparently, the local Otto folks' logo looks realllllly similar to Batali's Otto's logo. It's funny because of what he said via twitter (pretty rude...more than I think he'd say given his TV personality). I'd link to it but I'm not sure what chowhound's policy is w/ external links...

                1. re: Spike

                  I've read the new restaurant will be located at 320 Summer St...


                1. re: StriperGuy

                  Yah rockstar, look at Big Guy Fieri making a run for it in NYC, a disaster! I think I'll support our locals.

                  1. re: treb

                    The jury's still out on that one. There's a community that enjoys reading the NY Times and drubbing Guy Fieri for his Unbearable Poochy-ness, and then there's Times Square tourists. His restaurant may end up doing just fine.


                    1. re: MC Slim JB

                      if you read the other NY critics, they have been equally unkind to Mr. Fieri. But the bad review from the Times may actually help.

                      And just because the food is not the main attraction does not mean that the restaurant will fail. There are plenty of people who follow DDD who will stop in.

                      I ate at Babbo a few months ago; the food was very good and the wine list even better; I would go back.

                      1. re: cambridgedoctpr

                        I've had good meals at Pizzeria Mozza and the Eataly pizzeria as well, and a great meal at Del Posto. As much as celebrity chefs annoy us onlookers, he has a pretty good track record.

                    2. re: treb

                      Are you really comparing Mario Batali to Guy Fieri? I don't think Guy Fieri is an actual chef.

                      Also, a rockstar chef chain? How is Mario any different than Barbara Lynch, Jamie Bissonnette, Ken Orinner, ect.? His restaurants are pretty good and maintain a certain level of standard.

                      1. re: Eastwind

                        Fieri was the chef/owner of several restaurants (with names like "Johnny Garlic's, a California Pasta Grill" and BBQ/sushi joint "Tex Wasabi" -- you can't make this stuff up) before he became a food-TV celeb.

                        So yes, he and Batali are both chefs. And I drive a car, but I'm not Mario Andretti.

                        Obviously, any chef who builds an empire ends up dividing his time among each of his restaurants. The results vary. I've never felt swindled by a Batali restaurant, and then there's Todd English.


                        1. re: MC Slim JB

                          From what I've read, Fieri's career and education was mostly in the management side, not so much as a chef.

                          Todd English...uh, does anyone like him anymore? His ego took over the talent he had.