Mario Batali, Joe Bastianich, and Lidia Bastianich are the forces behind this opulent 24,000-square-foot temple to upscale Italian dining, accompanied by live piano music. It took millions to create, but payoff came with star-studded reviews, notably four stars in 2010 from Sam Sifton of The New York Times—a first for Batali. With Executive Chef Mark Ladner's departure in February 2017, Melissa Rodriguez, previously his chef de cuisine, stepped into the role. She's not set on an overhaul, but more of a modernization, infusing a playful effervescence into the menu and riffing on Ladner's bestsellers like the 100-layer lasagna and jalapeño-crab pasta. One thing that hasn't changed, however, is Del Posto's meticulous commitment to high-end service and immaculate preparation, rivaling that of even the finest French restaurants in the city.