BOSTON (CBS) – Well-known TV chef and author Mario Batali is showing some love for Boston’s restaurant scene.

Batali tells USA Today that Boston is one of his favorite food cities in America. According to the newspaper, he likes zipping up to Boston from New York via train for a bite.

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“Home to the freshest clams on this coast and the most delicious cream pie,” Batali says about Boston.

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He suggests going to any hotel along Boston Harbor for oysters, and plugs Greek restaurant Doretta Taverna & Raw Bar, which is run by his friend Michael Schlow.

Batali probably also wouldn’t mind if foodies checked out the just-opened Eataly Boston in the Prudential Center. He’s a part-owner of the three-story Italian marketplace.

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Other cities favored by Batali include New Orleans, San Francisco, Seattle, Chicago and New York.