Mario Batali's Del Posto restaurant in NYC was just awarded FOUR STARS by Sam Sifton of the New York Times. Usually I could give a shit, but this really excites me-- mostly because I am a huge Batali fan, deep deep down. This makes Del Posto one of only seven restaurants in all of New York City with this highest level of recognition. It's a really big deal.
I know, celebrity chefs are so annoying, and ratings are so arbitrary, blah blah. But I do love Batali-- his food especially, not so much his television shows. He needs to stop doing that.
I'll do a bigger post about Eataly in the coming days, in which he is an owner (the place is so out of control). But to honor his crowning four-star moment, here he is above. Who needs a picture of his jolly face, when you can just take a picture of his trademark orange Crocs, right?
Tanti auguri, Signore Batali.