Radius chef/owner Michael Schlow (left) and N.Y. chef Mario Batali sign menus for guests before the party.
Radius chef/owner Michael Schlow (left) and N.Y. chef Mario Batali sign menus for guests before the party.
Kayana Szymczak for The Boston Globe

Celebrated chef Mario Batali was in Boston Friday whipping up a dinner with his friend Radius chef/owner Michael Schlow. The party served two purposes: It welcomed the famed New York foodie to Boston — Batali’s about to open an Italian restaurant in South Boston’s Fort Point neighborhood — and it marked the closing of Radius, a Financial District mainstay for 15 years that will reopen elsewhere with a new name. (Schlow has said he would not close the restaurant but the lease is up.) Batali’s new place, Babbo Pizzeria e Enoteca, will be located on Summer Street and be focused on wood-burning brick oven Italian-style pizza and a variety of pastas, antipasti, and gelati.

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