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La Bottega at Manhattan's Maritime Hotel has long been a HotelChatter favorite spot, thanks in part to their killer outdoor dining spot. But now, La Bottega is on the way out and coming in is chef Mario Batali and his partner, Joe Bastianich.
The duo and their B&B Hospitality Group will take over the entire food and beverage program at the hotel, featuring "cooking of the Italian coast and islands." Here's what Batali said in a statement:
“The Maritime has just as much, if not more, outdoor space than any other hotel in Manhattan. It’s the sort of place I like to spend time. We’ll bring our perspective on Italian food and a little old-school New York to this Chelsea landmark,” Batali says. “The neighborhood is ready for a new hangout. I look forward to working with Richard Born and Sean MacPherson and their expert team.”
(FYI: Richard Born and Sean MacPherson are the hoteliers behind The Maritime.)
This is not the first time Batali and Bastianich have opened a restaurant within a hotel. The two run Carnevino, B&B and the Otto Enoteca & Pizzeria at The Venetian in Las Vegas.
According to Eater, La Bottega has not announced an exact closing date but it's probably pretty soon. The new B&B resto should open at The Maritme sometime next year.
This fall, PBS will debut the series "Spain... On the Road Again," based on an enviable Spanish road trip taken by Mario Batali, Gwyneth Paltrow, New York Times food writer Mark Bittman and Spanish actress Claudia Bassois.
We're jealous of this trip for many reasons (as well as Gwynnie's command of Spanish), but mostly because, according to Food and Wine, the famous foursome stayed at a handful of paradores--churches, palaces and monasteries converted into hotels by the government--including the nearly-impossible-to-get-into Parador de Granada.
How could we hit up Vegas without checking out some of the city's fine dining. Inside the Venetian (we promise this is the last story from this hotel) is the B & B Ristorante from celeb chef Mario Batali and winemaker Joe Bastianich (Hence the B&B).
As you arrive at the restaurant, Batali's big ole nasty orange crocs greet you. And we think he may have actually worn this pair as they looked a bit scuffed.
Nevertheless, we looked past the orange crocs as we were seated to our table. A super sommelier helped us pick out a Terlano Pinot Grigio and we started our first course off with Three Goat Cheese Truffles with peperonata while our friend enjoyed the sliced fresh heirloom tomatoes. We have a big thing for goat cheese and so we ended up saving what we couldn't finish. Yes, our waiter thought we were weird.