TONY gets the distinction of being first of the print pubs to wiegh-in on Del Posto. Their writer, Randall Lane, will likely known as the first journo to be banned from said establishment. Because the TONY review is based on a single meal (or, we should say, appears to be), the review is nothing if not premature by weeks and months. That said, here is Lane's summation:
If Del Posto were the creation of some chef fresh from Florence, he’d be crowned a pasta wunderkind. Batali, alas, lives by higher standards. Towards the end of one meal, an elegant man at the next table told me that Del Posto wasn’t bad, but that he planned to stick with Babbo, where he dines every week. I can’t say I blame him.For what it's worth, the Eater jury is still out on Molto Mario's NoMeatery. Our extraordinarily informal survey of food writers suggests that the venue has shown signs of four-star genius, though may still be finding its legs. In any event, Bruni was in last Thursday, so his minimum-three-star review can't be far off now.
· Not-so-super Mario [TONY; sub req'd]