12 Dec

Eataly, as described to me (an indoor Italian shopping mall of sorts in the middle of Manhattan) sounded a little forced, or cheesy.  Eataly, in fact, is amazing.  I’m obsessed.

Eataly is the newest effort by Mario Batali, the Bastianich family, and some others – in true Mario fashion, this is not just an establishment where you can buy food and other specialty items.  There is a philosophy here – a “manifesto” and express promises made to the buyers (choice, accessibility, knowledge), among other things.

Eataly is a bit like an amusement park in that you walk in off of Fifth Avenue and through some glass doors and suddenly you are truly and completely elsewhere.  A busy outdoor market in Rome, maybe, to create an image of the elsewhere.  There are fresh produce stands, salumerias, cheese and gelato bars.  A fish monger.  A rosticceria.  Freshly made pastas to buy and take with you.  And rows and rows of specialty items, sauces, wines, honey, and coffee and tea imported from Italy and elsewhere.

You can sit for a meal or take away various Italian street foods like pizza rustica (pizza crust with a spread of tangy tomato sauce – typically little else in the way of toppings – and served cold – heaven) and sandwiches on toasted focaccia.  We were in and out and took lunch to go – I look forward to spending a good five hours there the next time I am in New York.



2 Responses to “Eataly”

  1. fahbeeyawn December 13, 2011 at 12:10 pm #

    How cool! But he should rethink the title, haha! It sounds like a children’s book or something. 🙂

  2. arianne1220 December 13, 2011 at 11:36 pm #

    Wow, that place is awesome! Nonna would love it!

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