- Eataly – an Italian food mecca that has grown in America with the help of Mario Batali – has pulled the celebrity chef’s products from shelves.
- Batali has been accused by multiple women of groping and sexual misconduct.
- Batali has been the public face of the brand for many years.
Eataly has pulled Mario Batali-branded products from its shelves after multiple allegations of groping and sexual misconduct were made against the celebrity chef.
The 50,000-square-foot mecca of Italian food pulled the chef’s products from shelves on Tuesday, food and dining website Eater reported.
Eataly was founded in Italy by Oscar Farinetti, but a partnership between Batali and Joe and Lidia Bastianich has helped it grow across America, and Batali has long been the public face of the chain.
On Monday, Eater reported that four women had shared stories of Batali touching them inappropriately, with reports of improper behaviour spanning two decades.
Batali also appears to have been scrubbed from Eataly’s website. While formerly the website had a page dedicated to Batali’s best-selling items, clicking on the link now brings visitors to Eataly’s main online store.
Previously, Eataly sold Batali books, sauces, pastas, olive oils, and vinegars, according to Eater.
Batali helped bring the first American Eataly to New York City in 2010. It now has five US locations: two in New York, one in Los Angeles, one in Boston, and one in Chicago.
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