VIDEO: Mario Batali Cooks for ‘Fussy’ Diners Kristen Wiig and Fred Armisen

04/09/2014 at 12:26 PM ET

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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On a clear day, you can see forever—or at least that’s the wicked thought behind L.A. designer Agi Berliner’s transparent idea: see-through jeans. Exhibitionists notwithstanding, most folks wear them over bathing suits or as attention-getting evening wear with halters, garter belts and body stockings. Created for the disco crowd, the $34 jeans are selling like, well, hot pants. In just six weeks, 25,000 pairs have already been sold in such major department store chains as Macy’s, Bonwit’s and Saks.

“What’s limiting American designers is that we’re afraid to do something different,” says Berliner, 32, a Hungarian émigré who fled with her family to the U.S. in 1956. Agi thought up the gimmick in London while marveling at the way plastics were being employed by designers of punk fashion. In her L.A. office, where she designs for La Parisienne junior sportswear, Agi spent five days on the phone and six weeks testing to come up with the right plastic.

Agi herself tried out the French-cut jeans with the zipper in front, and quickly found several problems: Some plastics tore away from stitching, others wouldn’t bend and all fogged with perspiration. The ideal material proved to be a vinyl supplied by a bookbinder. The steam was eliminated with a series of vents behind the knees and in the crotch. “They’re no hotter than polyester pants,” claims Agi, “and if you wear them with tights, they won’t stick to your legs.”

Whatever the discomfort and despite the problem of Saturday night feverishness, discomaniacs report one major advantage of the plastic pants: no laundry bills. To keep Berliner’s see-through jeans clear, all the wearer needs is a little Windex.

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I wish, he would eat a little less, he is still so young.

RGN on

Cute! Looks super yummy!

dave herrington on

He really needs to cut off that stupid ponytail. Guys that grow those when they’re as balding as him just look sad, like the ponytail is making up for going bald and keeps him manly and young, it doesn’t.

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