Excellent intel just hit the inbox:
"Just left Mozza -- I was surprised to see Batali wandering around. Mostly moving in between the Mozza kitchen and the Osteria site. Followed around by a few folks in expensive suits.Those expensive suits are just making sure their money is used in all the right places and not on another pair of orange clogs. This bodes well for the afore-mentioned April opening date. Sometimes it takes a village: Keep sending us the Mozza intel---Batali sightings and all---and we'll make sure to include in the countdown.
Batali seemed jovial - same old fleece vest over a tshirt, and green khaki shorts. At one point he escorted Jill Hennessy out with a stack of to-go pizzas and then disappeared back into the Osteria site. I only got a very brief glimpse inside before the hostess caught the door behind him - still looking construction site-esque, sadly.
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