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Transport to “Eataly”

In Food on September 4, 2010 at 2:54 pm

Me and Mario Batali

Yesterday I popped into Eataly, this much anticipated Italian “mega market”. This is the brainchild behind Mario Batali, Lidia Bastianich, and her son Joe Bastianich. I was in complete amazement walking through this 50,000 square foot

Macellaria or "butcher shop"

Italian Culinary wonderland. It is everything you could ask for under one roof. A gelato and coffee bar, panini and pizzas, pasta and pastries, housewares and cookbooks, cured meats and hand-made mozzarella, and the list goes on. They  even have a restaurant and bar for vegetarians. They have thought of everything here. Don’t expect to come into this foodie heaven and not fight the utter chaos, which is the crowds of fellow foodies and tourons taking up good walking space. Maybe give it a few weeks for all the hype to calm down, if you can wait that long. Sitting in the middle of it all was Mario Batali. You couldn’t’ miss that beaming red hair. I wanted to thank him of course for bringing New Yorkers yet another culinary destination. Instead I just batted my eyes in hopes for  a quick picture. The space features a bookstore, café, wine shop, bakery and  seven full-service eateries, including the fine-dining Italian steakhouse, Manzo, which has a reservation policy. And in the works for you beer lovers is a year-round rooftop beer garden to open in November, La Birreria, which will serve made-on-site brews and a variety of Italian


sausages. You can literally make your way through each station in Eataly and find something different to enlighten your taste buds. From a crudo bar offering raw treats to a mozzarella bar where everything is hand made so you can see exactly what you are purchasing. There are shelves for miles full of Italian olive oils, balsamic vinegars, and tomato sauces just to name a few. And to top it off there is even an in-house travel agency to book your next trip to Italy. And if that may be too pricey, you can bring Italy right to your table as the store also offers food and wine courses, lectures, and demonstrations. Plan your next shopping trip to this Italian food emporium. You will find more excitement here than you could imagine.

Me and Lidia Bastianich

200 5th Ave
New York, 10010
(646) 398-5100

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