The gastro-pub has crossed the Atlantic to find a footing in New York with the opening of Mario Batali’s The Spotted Pig this week [week ending January 31]. Batali, who also owns Babbo, Lupa, Bar Jamon and Casa Mono in the city, has brought over April Bloomfield, from England, to cook the food. Bloomfield has worked in some of Britain’s finest restaurants. Financial Times 31/01/04 page 4 (Weekend)