I went to check on Mario Batali's new Italian food hall, Eataly. It was a sensory overload. Everywhere I turned there was something delicious to entice my sense of smell, taste and sight. It was like a slice of Italy right in the middle of New York City.
I should have waited until the hype died down before I went to check it out. Going on the second day was a mistake. I had to fight my way through. I don't even think I got to see half the foodie mecca.
What I did get to see, didn't disappoint. The size of the space alone is overwhelming. It occupies the old Toy Factory building.
Inside there is a:
- book store
- wine store
- cooking school by Lidia Bastianich
- beer garden on the roof
- wood-fired pizza ovens imported from Italy
- coffee bar
- fish monger
- dry goods: canned tomatoes, tomato sauces, olive oils, vinegars, jams, honey
Left: Mario Batali with his signature orange Crocs. Right: Map
Love this quote.
Left: So any different types of jam. Right: Italian sodas and sparkling water.
Is this an Italian version of mountain dew?
So happy they carry my favorite chocolates!
My hubby is excited to try an expresso next time!
Bakers hard at work.
There were rows and rows of different shapes and types of pasta.
I cant wait to go back again and really taste what Italy has to offer!