Chef Mario Batali is expanding his upstate New York restaurant Tarry Lodge Enoteca and Pizzeria to New Haven, Conn. — but you won’t be seeing Kristen Wiig or Fred Armisen there.
Well, you won’t be seeing the fussy customers the former-SNL duo played on Late Night with Seth Meyers on Tuesday night. In a segment with the orange-Crocs-wearing chef, Wiig and Armisen played patrons who found fundamental flaws in pretty much everything about their on-screen “restaurant” experience — from the service to the food to the actual chef.
Wiig opened the sketch with a droll request to Batali: “We’re in a little bit of a hurry. I mean, take your time, but…”
Unfazed, Batali poured a round of cheerful spring cocktails: a sugar cube, rhubarb bitters and strawberry syrup topped with a Prosecco float.
“Just like in all of my commercials I like to spill it a little bit over the top,” the chef said as he poured the bubbly high enough to bubble down the sides of the glass.
Batali then prepared grilled asparagus topped with a fried egg, parmigiano reggiano cheese and shaved lemon zest, which waiter Colin Hanks delivered to Wiig and Armisen’s center stage table. The two simply stared at the plates before Wiig said, “I’m so sorry, right before you brought this over we had some bread, and we are…”
“…so full,” Armisen finished.
“And I don’t eat egg or salad or bread,” Wiig continued, trying to keep a straight face.
Despite his picky guests, Batali — the first chef to appear on Late Night since Meyers took over hosting duties and the first chef on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon last month — managed to show off two other dishes from Tarry Lodge’s menu: homemade coppa with pickled fiddleheads and grilled bruschetta with burrata.
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