A gastronomic superstar since its inception, the James Beard Foundation honored Babbo with "The Best New Restaurant of 1998" award and Ruth Reichl at the New York Times hailed it with three stars. Six years later, a re-review by Frank Bruni maintained Babbo’s three-star power and its excellence among New York City’s finest restaurants. In 2005, Babbo also received a prestigious one-star rating by the New York Michelin Restaurant Guide and was awarded the 2005 IVY Award by Restaurants & Institutions. Gourmet Magazine said," …Babbo is forging the future of Italian cuisine." It offers three-star dining that redefines and reinvents the principles of Italian cuisine for 21st century America. An epic, landmark wine list, an exciting quintessentially New York dining room and expert, attentive, and cordial service make a table at Babbo one of New York’s prized possessions.