As promised, I have several posts on my recent eating adventures in New York. This one is dedicated to Eataly. Surely you’ve heard about Eataly….the food mecca put together by Mario Batali, Joe Bastianich and Lidia Bastianich. It’s 50,000 sqare feet (yes, 50,000!) of gourmet heaven. And you can get everything there…coffee, cheese, meat, fish, pasta, pizza, fresh produce, flowers, kitchenware, bread, wine, and so much more.
I love the setup. In one large, open space, there are small “stores” that specialize in one of the things above. Visit the pesce counter to see the amazing array of fresh fish (the shark’s head was particularly fun to check out). Stop by the salumi & formaggi counter to try one of hundreds of Italian cheeses and cured meats. Or hang out in the central La Piazza where you can sit or stand and have a glass of wine, a plate of cured meats, some cheese or a number of other lovely things.The restaurant set up is just awesome….there are literally a dozen places to eat throughout, each with its specialty. A roof top beer garden serves food along with sunshine and boutique brews. There is a pasta/pizzeria that serves some of the best pizza in NY (dare I say it?!), and a whole variety of other spots to choose from.
As a foodie, I was in absolutely heaven the entire time. I felt like a kid in a candy store, browsing through aprons, dishes and kitchen utensils one minute, grabbing a glass of wine to walk around and ogle the fresh produce, then spent 15 minutes just examining all the kinds of fresh and dried pasta avaialble. After having some delicious cheeses, then lunching at the pasta/pizzeria place, and having a delicious cup of gelato I was truly satisfied. What an afternoon! My hat is off to Eataly!