Earlier this month, the owners of New York's Fatty Crab opened an outpost on St. John.
Now, uber-restauranteur Mario Batali is on the prowl in Cruz Bay. Is Mario working on a Caribbean expansionist strategy to go with his existing operations in New York, Las Vegas, Los Angeles and Singapore?
What one of the most recognized and respected chefs working in America today is doing is what other people do on the island. Chilling out.
Evidence of Batali's visit was self-revealed. Using the Twitter handle @Mariobatali, the gastronomic Guru of all things Italian alerted followers to his cool drink at Caneel's Turtle Bay …
At La Tapa, he tweeted a comment and a picture
"Love the octopus salad here!! Food rocks. Here's the runner crudo!!"
"Unreal pulled pork and fatty duck Wow !!"