Mario Batali to Open Babbo Pizzeria This Winter

The 8,700-square-foot space will offer wood-fired pizzas and pasta.
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Mario Batali and Joe Bastianich, the same duo behind some of New York’s biggest restaurant concepts (Babbo Ristorante & Enoteca, Bar Jamón, Casa Mono, Del Posto, Otto) are finally making their way to Boston. After a failed attempt to negotiate a lease in the Fort Point area (320 Summer St.) last fall, Batali and his B&B Hospitality Group continued to scout other real estate options. As of this morning, Batali and Bastianich have signed a lease on a space on Boston’s Fan Pier for their latest venture, Babbo Pizzeria.

Unlike Batali’s flagship, Babbo Ristorante, Babbo Pizzeria will feature wood-burning brick oven Italian-style pizza as well as a variety of pasta, antipasti and gelati. Construction will begin within the next few weeks and the B&B Group is projecting the restaurant to open sometime this winter.

As the Globe reported this morning, the restaurant will occupy an 8,700-square-foot space in the ground floor of Eleven Fan Pier Boulevard, adjacent to 22 Liberty, a 111-unit luxury condominium building currently under construction in the city’s waterfront Innovation District.

Babbo Pizzeria will be a Certified Green Restaurant and adhere to sustainable practices such as optimizing energy performance, minimizing waste, and reducing water consumption in the kitchens and restrooms.

Christopher Hughes Chris Hughes, Food Editor at Boston Magazine