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A “well-oiled machine” is putting it mildly at this “sumptuous” Chelsea destination from the Batali-Bastianich juggernaut offering “high-end Italian” cooking “without peer”, abetted by “elegant” service, a “deep” wine list and a “majestic”, balcony-lined setting; sure, the tabs are “extraordinarily expensive”, but most agree it’s the “total package for that special evening”, and a relative bargain at lunch.
Del Posto is the most formal of Mario Batali's restaurants, and there's a slightly hushed feeling that comes with the big price tag, white tablecloths and occasional celebrity sighting. The wine list is as expansive and varied as the Italian countryside, and the opulent dining room with its grand central staircase announces loudly and clearly that this is a restaurant that serves a $185 eight-course meal (add $155 for wine pairings). The floor-to-ceiling windows are flanked by curtains that may have come from the Smithsonian, and the food is literally rolled out to the table on a cart.
There's nothing casual about the food, either. Batali takes Italian fare very seriously here, with an emphasis on impeccably prepared regional cuisine like the Sardinian lamb chop (order it medium rare and they will cook it perfectly on the safe side of bloody), which is served on a bed of Roman artichokes, bruised mint and saffron potatoes. It's nearly impossible to get a walk-in table at any of Batali's restaurants, and Del Posto, with a Michelin Star in its cap, is no exception. You likely won't get a reservation unless you call at least one week in advance.
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