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May 19, 2014

Medium is a new place on the Internet where people share ideas and stories that are longer than 140 characters and not just for friends. It’s designed for little stories that make your day better and manifestos that change the world. It’s used by everyone from professional journalists to amateur cooks. It’s simple, beautiful, collaborative,…

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May 16, 2014
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Download, subscribe, stream, listen. Cook and enjoy.   In my mind, cooking and music are inextricably linked.   Many remember the first time they heard a Beatles tune on the radio. Some might also remember the Blondie album that played during their first meals at Babbo. Music sets a tone, it creates a mood. We make…

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May 15, 2014

I’ve joined forces with (RED) and meat man Pat LaFrieda for EAT (RED). DRINK (RED). SAVE LIVES., a 10-day campaign to raise funds to help deliver the first AIDS free generation in over three decades.     June marks the month AIDS was first discovered in 1981. This June, we want to #86AIDS: remove AIDS from…

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May 11, 2014

Meet my mom, Marilyn Batali.  For many years, she’s made gnocchi in the front window of my parents’ shop Salumi in Seattle.  If you want to form your gnocchi like a pro, there’s no substitute for a how-to from my mom.   Click here for the recipe!

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May 10, 2014

  Dear Mom,   Thank you for freshly baked chocolate chip cookies on the first day of school. –Tess Koenig, Mario’s Assistant   Thank you for sewing me a jaguar costume for my second-grade play. –Kate Previte, Media Producer   Thank you for not allowing me to paint a Power Rangers mural in my bedroom….

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May 1, 2014

According to the National Foundation for Celiac Awareness, “Celiac disease is an autoimmune disorder triggered by the ingestion of gluten, a protein found in wheat, barley and rye.” It’s estimated that 83% of Americans who have Celiac disease are either undiagnosed or misdiagnosed.   Nowadays, most people know someone who is suffering from some sort…

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May 1, 2014
Photo courtesy Kelly Campbell

celebrate spring with a traditional 49-ingredient soup with an interesting pedigree

Le Virtù (literally, the virtues) is an Abruzzese soup that, by definition, requires 49 ingredients and seven pots. Le Virtù was traditionally made on May 1st, combining hearty winter ingredients with the fresh spring bounty. But here’s the kicker: the soup was to be made by virgins. Seven virgins, to be exact. Seven virgins, each…

Abruzzo Del Posto Le Virtu
April 30, 2014

A welcome taste of garlicky sweetness after a cold and dreary winter, ramps are the first sign that spring is here. At my restaurants, we are never happier than when we see ramps for the first time each season. Ramps are wild baby leeks that grow exclusively from Canada to the Carolinas. They resemble a scallion, only with broader leaves. Ramps have an robust, garlicky, yet slightly sweet flavor.
Choose ramps that are firm with bright-colored greenery. Wrap tightly in a plastic bag and refrigerate for up a week. I love to pickle ramps* so I can enjoy them long after they’re gone but they can also be eaten raw, or cooked, too! Just be sure to trim the root ends just before cooking. Buon Appetito!
*Pickled ramps can be kept in the fridge for up to 2 weeks, or can be canned and shelf-stored using standard canning procedures.

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April 22, 2014

  It’s often said that if we want to change the environment for the better, we should start with what we eat.   At our restaurants in California, Las Vegas and New York, we’re giving away seed packets for a lettuce blend that can be planted in any climate in the continental United States. The seed…

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What’s Happening


Saturday, November 1st, 2014
1:00PM - 3:00PM

Mario sits down with Emmy award-winning Liam Mayclem, host & producer of KCBS’ Foodie Chap segments, to chat all things America Farm to Table.


Saturday, November 1st, 2014
7:00PM - 9:00PM

INFORUM presents Batali in conversation with Tyler Florence, Bay Area resident, host of numerous Food Network shows, and chef of SF’s own Wayfare Tavern. They’ll discuss Batali’s latest book, America – Farm to Table: Simple, Delicious Recipes Celebrating Local Farmers. Come see them at the Commonwealth Club of San Fransisco!


Sunday, November 2nd, 2014
7:30PM - 8:45PM

Sponsored by Book Larder, Mario will be joined onstage by one of the chefs featured in the book, Seattle’s own Matt Dillon.  The two will discuss how ingredients influence their menus and the critical partnerships they have with local farmers in an interview moderated by cultural conversationalist Warren Etheredge.