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Mario Batali

Mario Batali
File:Mario Batali, 2005.jpg
Mario Batali, May 5, 2005
Born Mario Francesco Batali[1]
(1960-09-19) September 19, 1960 (age 55)
Seattle, Washington, United States
Education Rutgers University
Le Cordon Bleu
Spouse(s) Susi Cahn (2 children)
Culinary career
Cooking style Italian

Mario Francesco Batali (born September 19, 1960)[2] is an American chef, writer, restaurateur, and media personality. In addition to his classical culinary training, he is an expert on the history and culture of Italian cuisine, including regional and local variations. Batali co-owns restaurants in New York City, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Singapore, Hong Kong[3] and Westport, Connecticut.[4] Batali's signature clothing style includes a fleece vest, shorts and orange Crocs.[5] He is also known as "Molto Mario".

Family background and personal life

Mario was raised in Seattle, Washington by Marilyn Batali and Armando Batali,[6] who worked for Boeing most of Mario’s childhood. He spent his high school years studying in Madrid, Spain before attending Rutgers University for Spanish Theater and Business Management. During his college years he worked for a stromboli restaurant and bar near the Rutgers campus called Stuff Yer Face in New Brunswick, New Jersey. After graduating, he attended Le Cordon Bleu in London for a few short months before taking an apprenticeship with revered Chef Marco Pierre White in Borgo Capanne, a small northern Italian village. Over the next three years he underwent a culinary transformation that prepared him to leap into New York’s Italian cuisine with his own unique signature.

Currently, Mario is living in Greenwich Village with his wife Susi Cahn, of Coach Dairy Goat Farm, and his two sons Leo and Benno.

Professional Career

At 27, Mario was the head chef at Four Seasons Hotel Baltimore after working as a sous chef for Four Seasons Hotel, San Francisco.[7] In the early 1990s Mario began working at the Italian restaurant Rocco’s before opening Pó in New York City in 1993 with incredible success. The New York buzz for his restaurants translated into the Food Network show "Molto Mario" [8] which aired from 1996 to 2004 where Mario’s career took off.

Mario teamed up with Joe Bastianich to form B&B Hospitality Group. Together they opened Babbo Ristorante e Enoteca in New York City which quickly gained the coveted three stars award from the New York Times, the first Italian restaurant to do so in 40 years. Together they opened seven more restaurants in New York: Lupa, Esca, Casa Mono, Bar Jamon, Otto, Del Posto, and Eataly (an Italian marketplace). In 2010, Del Posto received a four-star review from the New York Times. It is one of only six restaurants in New York with the award. Their culinary empire has expanded to 10 restaurants in New York, four restaurants in Las Vegas, two restaurants in Los Angeles, two restaurants in Singapore, one Italian market in Chicago, and two restaurants in Hong Kong. In 2015 they opened Babbo Pizzeria e Enoteca in the Seaport area of Boston

Social activism

Batali is a critic of hydraulic fracturing, commonly known as fracking, a method of natural gas extraction. He has signed onto the cause of Chefs for the Marcellus, whose mission is to "protect [New York's] regional foodshed from the dangers of hydraulic fracturing for natural gas (fracking)."[9][10] In May 2013, Batali co-wrote an opinion article with chef Bill Telepan for the New York Daily News, in which the two wrote that "Fracking ... could do serious damage to [New York's] agricultural industry and hurt businesses, like ours, that rely on safe, healthy, locally sourced foods."[11]

Batali is on the board of directors for The Lunchbox Fund, a non-profit organization which provides a daily meal to students of township schools in Soweto of South Africa. He supports the practice of Transcendental Meditation through the David Lynch Foundation.[12]


The Mario Batali Foundation was founded in 2008 to ensure that all children are well read, well fed, and well cared for.

Mario aids the Lunchbox Fund which was founded as a nonprofit to ensure that orphaned and vulnerable school children in the rural areas of South Africa are given at least one meal a day.

He is also involved with the Food Bank for New York City which was founded to provide meals and support to the most vulnerable in New York City through soup kitchens, food pantries, classrooms, afternoon programs, and more.

Television credits


  • Babbo, Michelin Guide, One Star[18]
  • Three Stars from The New York Times for "Babbo Ristorante e Enoteca"
  • "Best New Restaurant of 1998" from the James Beard Foundation for "Babbo Ristorante e Enoteca"
  • "Man of the Year" in GQ's chef category in 1999
  • D'Artagnan Cervena Who's Who of Food & Beverage in America in 2001
  • "Best Chef: New York City" from the James Beard Foundation in 2002
  • "All-Clad Cookware Outstanding Chef Award" from the James Beard Foundation in 2005 (national award)
  • "Best Restaurateur" from the James Beard Foundation in 2008
  • Culinary Hall of Fame Induction.[19]


Restaurants owned or operated by Batali and Bastianich Hospitality Group

  • B&B Burger & Beer, Las Vegas
  • B&B Ristorante, Las Vegas
  • BABBO Ristorante e Enoteca, New York City
  • Bar Jamon, New York City
  • Becco, New York City
  • Birreria, New York City
  • Carnevino Italian Steakhouse, Las Vegas, Nevada / Hong Kong
  • Casa Mono, New York City
  • Chi Spacca, Los Angeles
  • Del Posto, New York City
  • Eataly NYC, New York City
  • ESCA, New York City
  • Felidia, New York City
  • Lidia’s, Kansas City, Missouri
  • Lidia's Italy, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • LUPA, New York City / Hong Kong
  • Mozza2Go, Los Angeles, California
  • Orsone, Frazione Gagliano, Italy
  • Osteria Mozza, Los Angeles, California / Singapore
  • OTTO Enoteca Pizzeria, New York City / Las Vegas
  • Pizzeria Mozza, Los Angeles, California / Newport Beach, California / Singapore / San Diego
  • Tarry Market, Port Chester
  • Tarry Wine, Port Chester
  • Tarry Lodge, Port Chester / Westport, Connecticut / New Haven, Connecticut

See also


  1. ^ [1]
  2. ^ "Batali, Mario". Current Biography Yearbook 2011. Ipswich, MA: H.W. Wilson. 2011. pp. 54–57. ISBN 9780824211219. 
  3. ^ "Restaurants". Mario Batali. Retrieved 25 December 2010. 
  4. ^ Inzitari, Vanessa. "Check Out Mario Batali's Westport Restaurant". The Westport Daily Voice. Retrieved 13 July 2012. 
  5. ^ Mario Batali: Hello, Hong Kong! China, here we come CNNGo. By Zoe Li. 13 April 2012.
  6. ^ Roger Downey (2002-12-25). "A Batali Family Christmas - Page 1 - Food - Seattle". Seattle Weekly. Retrieved 2012-04-03. 
  7. ^ Coren. "CNN Transcripts Interview with Mario Batali". CNN. Retrieved 2012-09-14. 
  8. ^ Keil, Braden (2007-09-05). "Food Net Chef Mario Flames Out". New York Post. Retrieved 2007-09-17. 
  9. ^ "Chefs for the Marcellus: Look Who's Signed On". Retrieved 30 May 2013. 
  10. ^ "Chefs for the Marcellus: About Us". Retrieved 30 May 2013. 
  11. ^ Batali; Telepan. "Fracking vs. food: N.Y.'s choice". New York Daily News. Retrieved 30 May 2013. 
  12. ^ Schneier, Matthew. "The Transcendentalists". Retrieved 25 December 2013. 
  13. ^ "Chef Mario Batali - Show Molto Mario - Show List A to Z - TV". Food Network. Retrieved 2010-09-21. 
  14. ^ Food Network
  15. ^ Chef Mario Batali - Ciao America With Mario Batali - Show List A To Z - TV - Food Network[dead link]
  16. ^ "Healthy Recipe Collections, Party Ideas, Quick & Easy Recipes". Food Network. Retrieved 2010-09-21. 
  17. ^ "Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations: New Jersey". Retrieved 2010-09-21. 
  18. ^ Michelin Guide New York City 2000000
  19. ^ Culinary Hall of Fame Induction

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