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Mario Batali brings up all his restaurants

The new agreement gives control of the restaurants to the family, who have worked together since the 1970s, when Lidia Bastianich and her husband Felice Bastianich opened their first Italian restaurants in Queens. Their children helped from the time they were old enough to drop napkins. (Felice Bastianich died in 2010.) Tanya Bastianich Manuali will lead the daily activities of the new restaurant group. Credit Diana DeLucia Now, Mrs Bastianich Manuali, 46 has the responsibility for the operations across the group, a position that did not exist before. "We have to blow off the dust," she said in an interview, which designed the battalion of elegantly uniformed servers at Del Posto. "These people have lived long enough under a cloud." As part of the reorganization, Mel Post Rodos, Del Posto's chief executive and Jeff Katz, its long-time boss, have become stakeholders in that restaurant, a precious reward that encourages loyalty and motivation. (The chefs Dave Pasternack at Esca in Midtown Manhattan and Andy Nusser at the three Tarry Lodge restaurants in Westchester and Connecticut already have ownership shares.) Ms. Rodriguez was trained by his predecessor, Mark Ladner, Del Posto's original chef; She is the first woman than Mrs Bastianich to hold that position in any of the group's restaurants in New York. "It will be good not to be a black spot on the map anymore," Katz said. Ask if she regretted opening the family business to Batali, Ms Bastianich, 72, just said, "Everything was done with the best intentions."…

The new agreement gives control of the restaurants to the family, who have worked together since the 1970s, when Lidia Bastianich and her husband Felice Bastianich opened their first Italian restaurants in Queens. Their children helped from the time they were old enough to drop napkins. (Felice Bastianich died in 2010.)

Tanya Bastianich Manuali will lead the daily activities of the new restaurant group. Credit Diana DeLucia

Now, Mrs Bastianich Manuali, 46 has the responsibility for the operations across the group, a position that did not exist before. “We have to blow off the dust,” she said in an interview, which designed the battalion of elegantly uniformed servers at Del Posto. “These people have lived long enough under a cloud.”

As part of the reorganization, Mel Post Rodos, Del Posto’s chief executive and Jeff Katz, its long-time boss, have become stakeholders in that restaurant, a precious reward that encourages loyalty and motivation. (The chefs Dave Pasternack at Esca in Midtown Manhattan and Andy Nusser at the three Tarry Lodge restaurants in Westchester and Connecticut already have ownership shares.)

Ms. Rodriguez was trained by his predecessor, Mark Ladner, Del Posto’s original chef; She is the first woman than Mrs Bastianich to hold that position in any of the group’s restaurants in New York.

“It will be good not to be a black spot on the map anymore,” Katz said.

Ask if she regretted opening the family business to Batali, Ms Bastianich, 72, just said, “Everything was done with the best intentions.”

Mr. Bastianich, 50, confirmed remorse for having spent much of the last decade away from the restaurants he and Mr Batali had opened together. His professional attention has shifted to Italy, where he has been the judge of nine seasons of blockbuster cooking show “MasterChef.” He has vineyards in Friuli, a residence in Milan and has appeared in Italian commercials for McDonalds and Alitalia. [19659006] In the early years of the partnership, Mr Batali and Ms Bastianich were media stars, with Mr Bastianich working behind the scenes. “As a 200-pound bald guy, I was in the shadow of Mario, in my mother’s shadow,” he said.

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