Update 8/27/13, 8:45 a.m.: On Monday, Mario Batali posted on his Tumblr that the Babbo Pizzeria and Enoteca opening in Boston was a definite no-go:
B&B Hospitality Group is saddened to announce that the project called Babbo Pizzeria and Enoteca originally slated for a fourth quarter open date in the exciting Fort Point district in Boston will not come to fruition. We will continue to look for the perfect location to serve the exciting and vibrant Boston community.
At least for now, that is, until he finds that perfect location.
Way back in November of last year, we reported that Mario Batali, one of the country’s most renowned chefs, would be opening a pizzeria in Boston, after the chef (excitedly) took to Twitter to make the announcement. Batali’s Babbo Pizzeria was slated to move into the 6,500-foot space at 320 Summer St. in the Seaport’s Fort Point.
On November 24, 2012, he tweeted “Very soon !!Babbopizzeria! Wheeeeeeeeee” in response to a tweet asking when he was planning on coming to Boston. But on Saturday, he wasn’t nearly as positive about his prospects in the city:
— Mario Batali (@Mariobatali) August 24, 2013
The high-end pizzeria and wine bar was slated to fall in line with the style of his other OTTO Enoteca Pizzerias (not to be confused with the OTTO Pizzas open currently in Boston, and therefore, not to be called OTTO, but Babbo). It’s not clear what went wrong at this point, but Boston Business Journal reports that several snags were hit when trying to make the opening happen.
Last we heard about the potential pizzeria was in April, when Grub Street said a rep tipped them off that Joe Bastianich’s B&B Hospitality Group had teamed up with Batali, and that the OTTO Enoteca franchise was “definitely” headed to Boston.
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