Babbo's Big Boy
Joseph Bastianich isn’t content being a mere Restaurant Man, as he’d have it. Or even a haute grocer.
“Hopefully, we’re going to change the way people consume,” he said, sitting at a table in Eataly, the Flatiron grocery store he opened in August 2010 in a partnership with Mario Batali, his mother, Lidia, and Italian businessman Oscar Farinetti. Before him was a plate of lentils and a glass of red wine. Asked about the rising price of food, he quickly fired off his reply in his distinctly outer-borough-bred baritone: “We’re going to change the balance of the plate. Less proteins, more carbs, more legumes, more rice, more barley. The era of cheap, abundant food is gone.”
It’s ICSC week in New York City and while many in the retail business consider the event secondary to the larger conference held by the organization in Las Vegas each May, for many Manhattan real estate brokers, the conference is the most important of the year—and not necessarily just because of its jam-packed daytime roster of speakers and seminars.
In establishments from the New York Times’s four-star-rated Del Posto to the Dream Hotel in Lower Manhattan, buttoned-up retail brokers will be wining and dining potential clients during a two-day orgy of after-hour soirees, dinners and suds-soaked meetings, all designed with the deal in mind.
Gilt City, the discounts-in-daily-life-proferring arm of website Gilt Groupe—which often offers coupons for dinners and pedicures, as well as tickets to parties—recently offered a gay-marriage package in celebration of New York’s new law. The deal was called “Del Posto Celebrates Marriage Equality,” an “Exclusive Same-Sex Wedding for 100 Guests.” It was Read More
The New York Times may have given Del Posto four-stars, but you know who’s decidedly not raving the place? The employees!
Mario Batali’s acclaimed restaurant is being sued by 27 current and former workers, The Wall Street Journal reports. The employees alleged today in federal court that management hoarded an undeserved portion Read More
Joseph Bastianich is a chef and restauranteur who has partnered with Mario Batali on multiple restaurants, including the fiercely lauded West Village spot Del Posto. That restaurant recently snagged a rare four-star review from critic Sam Sifton at The New York Times, and now has the right to consider itself among the best dining spots Read More
Del Posto, the three-star Italian restaurant co-owned by Mario Batali and Joe Bastianich, has a green side—and we’re not talkin’ about all the dough they’re raking in from the $28 spaghetti!
The 2002 Ford Excursion in which Mr. Bastianich commutes every morning from Greenwich, Conn., has a converted diesel engine. He fills up not Read More
At 4:30 on a recent Friday afternoon, Del Posto, the 10th Avenue behemoth of a restaurant owned by Mario Batali and Joe Bastianich, had a bustling and vaguely portentous feel. Servers in black and white scurried up and down the two grand staircases in the main dining room, which, multi-tiered and blandly opulent, has been Read More