'babbo' on Serious Eats

Mario Batali Pizza is Coming to Boston

Mario Batali is coming to Boston with his Otto-style pizza, except it won't be called Otto because of the Portland based mini-chain that is three strong in the Hub. The griddle/broiled pies will come from Babbo Pizzeria which is slated to be located in Boston's Seaport District. More

Sugar Rush: Pear and Pecorino Crostata at Babbo

At Babbo a flurry of freshly grated pecorino toscano cheese covers the dessert plate. It's a sight to see, white on white over that pillow-soft quenelle of honey grappa zabaione. This zabaione is airy light, spun like magic from little more than fresh egg yolks, cream and sugar. Honey notes provide a soft undertone, a welcome pairing with the savory nuttiness of pecorino. More

12 Spots in New York Where Tourists Should Go

As we've seen, there are some tourist-frequented spots that really do serve good food. But where do we think tourists should go? Here are a dozen places that we think visitors to our fair city shouldn't miss. (Pizza, bagels, burgers, Italian-American spots, picks for Food Network and Top Chef fans, and the best way to get into great restaurants for less cash—it's all here.) More

Porcini Tasting Menu at Babbo

Tasting menus at Babbo usually go for more than $59, but from now until Christmas, Mario's offering a three-course porcini menu for just that: grilled porcini with arugula and Parmigiano, pappardelle with porcini and thyme, and a grilled hanger steak... More

Notes from the Babbo Block Party

Mario Batali's Babbo is celebrating its tenth anniversary this year, and on Sunday the restaurant turned Waverly Place into a block party birthday, with snacks from Babbo and the other restaurants in Batali's empire. Blogger Vanessa Vichit-Vadakan was there and... More

New York City's Best Dining Experiences

Like most serious eaters, I've been searching for deliciousness my whole life, but sometimes, even I acknowledge there's often more to eating out than great food. Obviously for me the food is paramount, but there are other factors that go into judging great restaurants. More

The Wandering Eater at Babbo

Two weeks ago I ate dinner at Mario Batali's Babbo with Tina Wong (aka The Wandering Eater) and two of our friends for a indulgent night resulting in food comas all around. If you've thought about going but have yet to make the month-in-advance reservation, read Tina's food porn-laden review and you'll probably change your mind. I have yet to write my review, but we're already making plans to go back, if that's any indication. My perfectly valid reason is that since we didn't have enough time to eat dessert, our meal wasn't complete. Also, I really want another bite of one of their pig’s foot “Milanese”, one of the most heavenly slabs of fat I've ever eaten. Previously... More

A Blind Date at Babbo

A few months ago, at the end of September, John Kessler--former food critic for the Atlanta Journal-Constiution and one of our nation's best food writers--e-mailed me. John and I met back when I lived in Atlanta. He wrote a really kind and thorough piece about me just when I was starting out (you can read it here; you have to register and then wither at the sight of my horrible picture (the photographer insisted on using a fish-eyed lens: never fall for that!)) and we've stayed in touch ever since. Last year he took me to a fashion show; more recently he e-mailed me after my Alain Ducasse post to warn me about compromising my integrity. (I haven't eaten... More

Batali's Greatest Hits

Every year Mario Batali donates a progressive dinner for the fund raising auction at my son's former school. This year the winning bidders and I had an antipasto course standing at Otto, three small pasta courses (preceded by a tiny... More

More Posts