A Restaurant Serving Cat Food; Joey Pepperoni’s Closes

Is this what inflation and food shortages have driven us to — eating cat food? Well, not exactly. It’s really more a case of humans eating dishes inspired by cat food. What: Still no yums?

For two days in August, Nestlé Purina-owned brand Fancy Feast will join forces with Meatpacking District Italian restaurant Gatto Bianco (white cat) in a pop-up that highlights the brand’s new “Medleys” line of cat foods. Accordingly, Fancy Feast’s in-house chef Amanda Hassner and restaurateur Casare Casella will create a menu of dishes “prepared in ways that help cat owners understand how their cats experience food — from flavor, to texture, to form.”

Dishes will include baked sea bass, an osso bucco-inspired salmon, and braised beef in a wine sauce. Compare those with items from Fancy Feast’s new line such as Elegant Medleys Turkey Florentine and Wild Salmon Primavera.

The menu will be offered on Aug. 11 and 12, with seating limited to four two-person reservations beginning at 6:30 p.m. each of the nights. Reservations via OpenTable become available at noon on Aug. 4. Spots are expected to fill up fast.

Gatto Blanco, 632 Hudson Street, 917-745-3154.

Joey Pepperoni’s Closes

Speaking of inflation, last November our own Maggie Whitfield reported that Murray Hill slice shop Joey Pepperoni’s had upped their price from $1 to $1.50. A visit to the shop last month revealed they had raised the price per slice again, this time to $2.25. Another visit yesterday indicated that Joey had flown the coop altogether. The restaurant is now operating under the name Julian Pizza. The per-slice cost is now up to $2.50. Do we hear $3?

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