Attention “Studentes” & “Professores”: Batali’s Brand’s In Town

Aliyya Swaby Photo 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.

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posted by: DingDong on November 12, 2014  9:26am

How about Fridays and Saturdays?

posted by: mlpavela on November 12, 2014  10:00am

Ah, celebrity worship and high end chain restaurantsmanship (“restaurant group”) have arrived to save the people of New Haven from the pizza void in their life…

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MP

posted by: filmjerry on November 12, 2014  10:23am

I ate there last week during restaurant week and thought the meal was first-rate.  The wine list, however, seems overpriced with not enough selections in a reasonable $30-low$40 range.

posted by: Esteban on November 12, 2014  11:27am

We had an excellent experience at the new Tarry Lodge restaurant.  The servers were friendly and efficient in a pleasantly elegant but uncomplicated space of dark wood, earthy tones and bronze accents.  All tables were occupied and yet the room was quiet enough for normal conversation. The menu is thankfully spare but nicely varied.  Our party of three dined on several salads before we ordered Eggplant Ala Parmigiana, Tagliatelle Bolognese and the best Gnocchi and Bacon dish that any of us had ever tasted.  We finished our evening with a light, fluffy tiramisu and a dense, dark very lightly sweetened chocolate cake.  Not one complaint among the three of us all evening.  Highly recommended.