Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Italy Is Eataly

Last weekend I had the extreme pleasure of taking a trip over to Eataly in NYC for a friend's birthday.

From the Eataly website, "Eataly is more than a supermarket with restaurants. It is an energetic marketplace, an opportunity to taste and take home the products of artisans who till, knead and press to bring you the highest quality products at fair price. We have assembled the absolute best Italian producers from every region under one roof and the absolute best chefs to cook their wares; Eataly is the heartbeat of Italy." Oh, and one of the owners is none other than Mario Batali himself.

After wandering around the 50,000 square foot marketplace we were led to a private room at one of the four restaurants. About eleven of us enjoyed a delicious pizza/pasta dinner that was all made and sold on premises. It was a feast for the stomach as well as the eyes:

Our view from the upstairs eating area

Freshly baked bread, wrapped like little packages

Amazingly fresh and delicious pizza

Pesto and beschamel lasagna

Fun lucite chairs

The bakery

One of the markets

Sweet espresso maker

Gorgeous marble mosaic floors

All in all the place was incredible and if you are ever in the NY area, make it a point to stop by and pick up a loaf, a pastry, a gelato, or an espresso and enjoy the experience that is Eataly.
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