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Babbo head chef out amid misconduct claims

The longtime top chef at Mario Batali and Joe Bastianich’s popular Italian restaurant Babbo has cooked his last goose liver ravioli.

Executive chef Frank Langello’s ouster from the Greenwich Village eatery on Jan. 2 came less than two weeks after Eater reported that multiple staffers accused him of more a decade of improper behavior.

In the same account, Batali and Bastianich were described as “architects of a male-dominated ‘boys’ club’ environment.”

B&B Hospitality, which counts Babbo among its roster of restaurants, confirmed to Eater that Langello was out of his job, but declined further comment or explanation.

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Babbo, in Greenwich Village, is embroiled in a sexual misconduct scandal.

Babbo, in Greenwich Village, is embroiled in a sexual misconduct scandal.

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After joining Babbo in 2000, Langello rose to executive chef two years later, notes Eater. During his tenure in the kitchen, the restaurant was critically hailed. It earned a coveted Michelin star.

Behind the public success, Langello was described in the Eater investigation as a “relentless” bully. His alleged misconduct included fingering female staffer’s ears and rubbing steaks by his crotch.

More than a decade ago Langello was described as “abusive” in Bill Buford’s 2006 book “Heat,” which went behind the scenes in the restaurant industry.

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Mario Batali, co-owner of Babbo, is also embroiled ina sexual misconduct scandal.

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Batali stepped away from his restaurant empire and was fired from ABC’s cooking talk show “The Chew” in December, after allegations of sexual misconduct surfaced.

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Langello’s exit is the latest development in an ongoing story of impropriety in the foodie world.

Accusations of abuse have also been lodged against Ken Friedman of the Spotted Pig, and pastry chef Johnny Iuzzini, a judge on “The Great American Baking Show.”

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