Nello Buys ‘Page Six’ on the Cheap; Jody Williams Trying Not to Sweat It

Nello’s Nello Ballan gives Richard Johnson a $1,000 gift, and fifteen “Page Six” mentions of Ballan’s restaurant later, the embattled gossip column has the devil to pay. [NYT]

Jody Williams claims not to have read Frank Bruni’s review of Morandi, though she knows that people are laying odds on the date of her departure. [Mouthing Off/Food & Wine]
Related: Not So Bene [NYM]

Restaurant-industry lobbyists express a not-unexpected disappointment with the federal minimum-wage increase passed by Congress, finding it “entirely out of place” in a war-spending bill. [Nation’s Restaurant News]

You might think that feeding a chicken milk would be unnatural, and it is, but the delicious result can be found in some of the city’s best restaurants. [NYT]

An out-of-control car smashes into a Harlem Popeye’s, injuring six people. [NYT]

“People are going crazy” for ramps, says one delighted upstate farmer; some of the people include Tom Valenti of Ouest, Waldy Malouf of Beacon, and cookbook doyenne Barbara Kafka. [NYDN]

PDT (Please Don’t Tell), the not-so-secret bar next to Crif Dogs, is up and running, and has some stringent house rules. [The Strong Buzz]

Hardee’s food-porn campaign is far more bizarre (and possibly far more stimulating) than you may have realized. [Chow]

Nello Buys ‘Page Six’ on the Cheap; Jody Williams Trying Not to