Mario Batali hits the town

Mario Batali was in town with his wife and kids over the weekend, as my tipsters have been Babbo-ling.

Not surprisingly, his restaurant destinations fit squarely into his business model.

Saturday, the chef/restaurateur/media personality visited Amìs, Marc Vetri's Roman trattoria. Sunday, he joined a large party over pies and apps at Stephen Starr's Pizzeria Stella.

His rep says he was in town visiting relatives, not location-scouting.

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