Lake Michigan: Chef Mario Batali’s Summer Home Away From Home

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Mario Batali loves his home in New York — but everyone needs a Summer escape. During the warmer months, Mario + family pack their bags and move northbound to their Summer stay along Traverse City Bay, Lake Michigan. Besides owning a Summer home on the Great Lake, Mario’s family is also tied to the mitten state through Susan, Mario’s wife and University of Michigan alum.

“Michigan is my antidote to Manhattan. This is where I come to relax.”  — Mario batali

What first attracted Chef Mario and his wife Susan to Michigan was the beautiful Lake scene. It all started one summer when they stayed on a Lake Michigan beach for a week, then a few summers later for four weeks, then eventually bought a 1920’s fish camp on the lake (installed an Italian style pizza brick oven) and called it a second home!

And besides the water, swimming and scenery, it’s no surprise that a top chef like Mario Batali would be attracted to Michigan’s booming and growing food scene! Here are just a few of Chef Mario Batali’s Michigan (foodie) favorites:


Grand Traverse Pie Company’s Old Mission Cherry Pie 


Leelanau Cheese Company’s Raclette


Tandem Cider’s Hard Ciders


The Cook’s House Restaurant in Traverse City

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