Former Iron Chef Mario Batali’s Italian restaurant and pizzeria is finally open for business. As they would say on the popular television show: “Allez cuisine!”
Owned by the former Food Network chef‘s Batali & Bastianich Hospitality Group, Tarry Lodge has opened at 278 Park St. after months of planning and outside speculation. The new outpost joins two others— one in Westport and one in Port Chester, N.Y.
Opening weekend drew a “good cross section” of the city, including Yale students and professors, local professionals and people from the surrounding towns, said general manager Steve Bayusik.
Chef de cuisine Andrew Marsilio (pictured above with Bayusik) said the restaurant serves “traditional Italian wood fire pizza like they do it in Naples … It’s close to real authentic Italian cuisine.”
In addition to various pizza and pasta dishes, Tarry Lodge’s menu offers entrees divided by price into two sets: “studente” and “professore.” The “student” entrees cost $15 and below, while the price options for professors span between $18 and $27. No single dish exceeds $30.
The prices are reasonable for nearby Yale students, but could also draw “Yale alumni or CEOs,” Marsilio said.
St. Thomas More owns the property, which Yale is leasing long-term. The building has been empty for seven years.
The Batali & Bastianich Hospitality Group owns more than 25 restaurants in locations including New York, Kansas City, Pittsburgh, Las Vegas, Singapore and Hong Kong. Tarry Lodge is open on Sundays and Tuesdays from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., Wednesdays through Saturdays from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. and closed on Mondays.