Gordon Ramsay Not Exactly Banned From Batali’s Joints After All

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You know, we wanted to believe Mario Batali’s claim that Gordon Ramsay is banned from his restaurants, but something about the way he put it just didn’t sit right — “Ramsay’s people call trying to book tables and I say no. I won’t have him in there.” Really? Risking being banned from Batali’s joints ourselves, we asked our intern, Hannah Geller, to call his restaurants and attempt to make a reservation for next Tuesday at 8 p.m., on Gordo’s behalf. Here are the results.

2 for 8 for Gordon Ramsay? Yes

Del Posto
2 for 8 for Gordon Ramsay? Yes

2 for 8 for Gordon Ramsay? Yes

Casa Mono
2 for 8 for Gordon Ramsay? No
Available time: 10 p.m.

The one snag we hit was at Babbo — the reservationist told us that she couldn’t make a 8 p.m. reservation, but she was sure the maître d’ could accommodate us if we left a message. Sorry, Sir Ramsay doesn’t wait! From our research, we can only gather that Gordo is perfectly welcome at Fanta Pants’s joints, at least if he calls them directly. Then again, the Spotted Pig is a different beast entirely … Maybe Mario is afraid that Gordo will knock him off?

Earlier: Mario ‘Fanta Pants’ Batali Bans Gordon Ramsay From His Restaurants