Years before he became one of the biggest chefs in New York City, Mario Batali was just another college kid making stromboli sandwiches at a local bar and grill. Last night, Batali explained to Jimmy Fallon that he still pays a visit to that sandwich parlor — Stuff Yer Face in New Brunswick, NJ — once a year. Apparently, the restaurant now has “weird little shrine” to the celebrity chef with candles.
During his Tonight Show appearance, Batali told a newly-mustachioed Fallon: “It’s a great place — the strombolis come in two sizes: large and huge. And it’s fantastic, it’s fresh food, made to order. It’s exactly what fast food should be.” When Jimmy showed Batali a photo of himself rolling stromboli back in 1981, the chef quipped: “Right then I was just trying to get through the shift and make sure my 32-inch waist was still 32.” Here’s the clip:
Later in the evening, Batali also hosted a special edition of the always-entertaining Secret Ingredient challenge. During this bit, Fallon, Ashton Kutcher, Liam Payne, and Vanessa Hudgens ate soup dumplings filled with Jaegermeister, pizza topped with marshmallow fluff, and anchovie-flavored gelato. Watch the hilarity ensue: