Yesterday we went out on a limb and speculated that the Boston "Babbopizzeria" gleefully tweeted about by Molto Mario over the weekend would probably actually be another branch of New York's Otto. Of course, there are already a few indie Otto pizzerias right here, operated by guys from Portland and quickly poised to take off where Upper Crust got burnt. A Batali rep tells us that she'll have more solid information within the next couple of weeks, and Boston Business Journal says that reports about Batali signing a lease at 320 Summer St. in Fort Point contain "misinformation," also per a rep. Hmm.
The Herald, meanwhile, also reports that Batali is in negotiations to sign a lease at the address and that the restaurant indeed would be a third location for his Otto Enoteca Pizzeria. It'll also be a roomy 6,500 square feet, says a source.
Seems like it's almost for real. Are you psyched to see Batali arrive in the Seaport? We've heard everything from (a) "Hooray! OMG Mario!" to (b) the Seaport is turning into a celebrity chef ghetto to (c) Does this mean Gwyneth will do a GOOP Boston edition?? We say, if the pizza is delicious, we'll happily eat it.
Chef Batali Baking Up Seaport Plan [Herald]
Mario Batali to Open Otto Pizzeria [BBJ]
Mario Batali Calls Otto D Bags and Thieves [EB]
Earlier: Mario Batali Is Boston-Bound
Is Otto Pizza the New (Kinder, Gentler) Upper Crust?