Oct 17, 2010

Ti Amo Eataly NYC

Walking into Eataly in the Madison Square Park neighborhood of Manhattan brought me back to my first experience at Dean & DeLuca and the time my sister Haj and I decided to shop for our New Year's Eve frozen gourmet dinner at Picard; foregoing a formal dinner in the Marais. It was food heaven! My grade school classmate from Ateneo, Vigie Bucu, was the accomplice on this foodie excursion to Mario Batali and Joe Bastianich's incredible new food haven. 

Oscar Farinetti opened the first Eataly in Turin. Now this the American version so imagine filling an entire football
field with the best of Italian and regional American products, throw in several restaurants, a cooking school, a rooftop beer garden, a myriad of food counters, cooking products and even a working ATM from an Italian bank (hmm...) - now that's a food lovers nirvana.

Eataly is super cool and deserves every accolade for reintroducing the food market in our food obsessed society. Plan on spending several hours here. Sign up for a cooking course with Lidia Bastianich. Sample the wines designated for each section. Grab the ultra chic grocery basket and shop for fresh broccoli from Maine and eggplant from Long Island. While you're at it, meet up with a friend over a cup of espresso at the LavAzza counter. While I can't imagine an Eataly opening in Grand Rapids soon, a Chicago location will be greatly appreciated.

The simple storefront entrance merely pretends to be a neighborhood gem versus a mega food store

The decadent offerings at the pasticceria counter

A guest orders at the rosticceria counter

Fishmongers at the fish counter

Don't miss the entertaining signs all over Eataly

The wine counter

Only the best 10,000 products are offered

Balsamico from Modena

Not your typical shopping basket

Guys at the pizzeria counter

Every imaginable pasta is available in the dried pasta section

Fresh cuts of meat

The butcher shop

Fresh breads are made on premise

Dining areas in every corner of Eataly

I love these stand up tasting tables

Kitchen products

In case you get lost...

"Organized clutter" promoting Italy

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