Have the Bankers Forgiven Batali?

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He bit the hand that feeds him, but so what?! Photo: Patrick McMullan

Tonight will tell ... as Mario Batali — who five months ago compared bankers to Hitler and Stalin — co-hosts the Food Bank for New York City gala, an event which hopes to raise $1 million for the nonprofit, and which attracts the same exact demographic whom he regrettably insulted (causing many Wall Streeters to boycott his restaurants). Let's hope the ballers have short-term memories to match their big, fat wallets. Meanwhile, Eater hears the maj (!) news that Batali and Co. will today start up lunch at Babbo, meaning tourists will have a slightly easier time saying they tasted the Molto magic. [Bloomberg]