LA DOLCE VITA: As soon as Stefano Gabbana and Domenico Dolce touched down in New York Friday night, the two began to “make the fun,” Gabbana said with a smile at the reopening of their Madison Avenue boutique on Monday. Over the course of the weekend, the designers wasted no time hitting The Box, Bobo, Socialista and the Beatrice Inn.

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Gabbana felt the New York nightlife scene these days seems “more European, smaller and more intimate. It’s like Europe. But it’s still totally different.”

Surely when the boys were out they ran into some of the nighthawks who were in attendance for Monday’s lunch. Fabiola Beracasa, Genevieve Jones, Eleanor Ylvisaker, Tinsley Mortimer and Lisa Airan donned their daytime best, many opting to honor the designers by breaking out their finest animal print. “It’s a classic,” Dolce said with a smile, admiring the half-dozen women sporting leopard.

The pair’s famous friends, Kate Hudson and Eva Mendes, also popped in for some tea. But both actresses were abiding by a “look, don’t touch” policy. “I don’t like to shop,” Mendes said. “I’m lucky enough that people send stuff to me, but I usually have to give it back.”

“I’m trying not to shop anymore,” Hudson continued. “I’ve gotten in the habit of making phone calls when I see something and saying, ‘Please, when that comes in, can you send it?'”

THE MOB ON FILM: Italian film producer Fandango is turning the blockbuster book “Gomorra” by Roberto Saviano into a movie. The book, a reportage on the Camorra, Naples’ equivalent of Sicily’s Mafia, by the young Italian journalist, who put his life on the line to infiltrate the group, sent shock waves throughout the criminal organization. “Gomorra” has become an international bestseller and Saviano is currently under police protection. Italian movie director Matteo Garrone is wrapping up the film, due in theaters in the spring. While Garrone said he wants to show what makes Saviano’s characters tick, he described “Gomorra” as a “war movie — a war taking place in 2007 in the suburbs of Naples.” Word has it that “Gomorra” could be presented at the Cannes Film Festival next year. Garrone was last at Cannes in 2002 with “The Embalmer,” a dark tale of obsession and murder.