Posted: Apr 28, 2017
On Italy’s Amalfi Coast
Orange Croc aficionado Mario Batali and legendary chef Jeremiah Tower, who spent a minute at NYC’s maligned Tavern on the Green and is the star of Anthony Bourdain’s new documentary, have a restaurant in the works. Earlier this week, Tower told Bon Appetit, "If Mario Batali would like to open a restaurant on the Amalfi Coast with me, I would do it." Today, Batali revealed on Twitter that the two superstar chefs are actually in the “planning phase.”
Eater reached out to confirm, and a spokesperson for Batali says that this is not a joke and the chefs are indeed on the hunt for beach-front properties between Atrani and Vietri along Italy’s Amalfi Coast.
Batali, one of the country’s most well-established television personalities, is based in NYC and owns and operates dozens of restaurants from Las Vegas to California to Singapore. He, along with business partner Joe Bastianich, are particularly well-known for Eataly, their chain of larger-than-life Italian food emporiums. Batali’s newest restaurant, Manzo, opened up inside Manhattan’s first Eataly location in March.
Tower is currently promoting the documentary The Last Magnificient, which covers his storied history in some of the country’s most renowned kitchens, including California cuisine pioneer Alice Water’s NoCal-based Chez Panisse and his once highly-lauded (and now closed) Stars. Tower took years off after Stars closed, and did not fare well the last time he was behind a stove. A restaurant with fellow celebrity chef Batali could be just the thing to get Tower back in the game.
by Monica Burton
April 27, 2017
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