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Benvenuti, Batali!

“Abbondanza” is Italian for abundance.

Mario Batali

“Abundant” certainly describes Mario Batali’s empire.  The restaurant owner, chef, cookbook author, TV personality and philanthropist has created restaurants — and buzz — in New York, Los Angeles, Las Vegas and Singapore.

Now, add Westport to the list.

On Friday, according to Skip Lane of Cushman & Wakefield, Batali closed on the former Abbondanza property.  The popular restaurant/speciality food store — across from the Charles Street office building in Saugatuck — closed last April.  (It reopened in August, in Fairfield.)

No details on Batali’s newest venture are available yet, such as a projected opening date or name.  He prefers Italian names — Babbo Ristorante, Lupa Osteria Romana, Pizzeria Mozza — and of course for nearly a century Saugatuck was a vibrant Italian community.

Something honoring renowned Saugatuck families might work — Santella Ristorante perhaps, or Pizzeria Nistico.

“06880” readers are invited to submit their own suggestions.   Click “Comments” above — we’ll pass them along to Signore Batali.

(Posted 12:40 p.m., Monday, Feb. 7, 2011)

Arrividerci, Abbondanza

If you are among the many people who love Abbondanza and Bonda, you’ve got a few hours left.

Today is the last day of business for the popular Charles Street specialty food store; the restaurant’s last meal will be served tonight.

The building is on the market, said Jamie Cooper, who has owned the Saugatuck favorites since 2001.

The good news:  He hopes to sign a lease next week for Bonda in Fairfield.  The target date for reopening is June.

“People are sad to see us go,” he said this morning.  “I’m excited about moving on, and I’m deeply thankful to all our loyal customers.  Everyone here loves you.

“I know you adore my staff.  We all hope to see you in Fairfield soon.”