Mario Batali’s Babbo received just one star in Michelin’s recently released guide for New York. I haven’t yet had the pleasure of dining at any of his restaurants but this rating seems really harsh.
Even if you are really knowledgeable about food, you can’t help but be amazed at Batali’s knowledge about Italian cuisine. After studying his books and listening to his show, I’m really impressed with him. I hope I can check out Babbo soon when I’m visiting family in New York.
Batali said “They’re blowing it. They can’t put the Spotted on the same level as Babbo,” in an interview about the new guide. Batali was referring to the Spotted Pig, a small pub in the village. I argue that these types of “professional” reviews are antiquated and irrelevant. However I do hope Michelin refines their guide in the coming years as more sources of good information are good for the industry as a whole.