What do you get when the country of Italy has a three-way with a Whole Foods Market and a mega-food court? You get the Italian food mecca that is Eataly.
With a number of restaurants to choose from (Manzo, La Pizza/La Pasta, Il Pesce, Le Verdure…), not to mention a number of food stands where you can get freshly-made Bufala Mozzarella, panini, cured meats, roasted meats, and assorted cheeses and bring to the first-come-first-served standing-only bar area in the center called La Piazza, a cafe (Caffe Lavazza), a gelateria, a bakery, a pastry shop, a fresh pasta counter, a butcher, a fishmonger, a roof-top beer garden (Birreria), a huge selection of fresh produce and dry goods sourced locally and from Italy, a kitchenware/housewares/bookstore section, a travel agency, and a cooking school (La Scuola) in over 50,000 square feet of prime Manhattan property, Eataly puts the EPIC in epicurean.
How big is 50,000 square feet, you ask? That’s almost the size of a regulation American Football field. Or a little smaller that chef/co-owner Mario Batali. BAZINGA!!!
The plan was to have a quick lunch and spend the rest of the afternoon walking around the Flat Iron district. As you will see from the following pics, Flat Iron had to wait another day.
Lunch was at La Pizza/La Pasta. Did I say lunch? I meant LATE lunch since there was an hour wait for a table (not bad by New York standards).
After the meal, the waiter suggested that we head over to Birreria to get “afternoon drunk”.
We didn’t. 😦
We did, however, spend the rest of the afternoon exploring the rest of Eataly.
My favorite section? Lavazza Caffè where they serve Lavazza Coffee exclusively.
Have you ever had Bicerin (bee-chair-EEN)? OH MAY GASSSS!!! I think I’ve found my new favorite beverage. It’s basically a small glass of drinking chocolate + shot of espresso + sweetened freshly-whipped cream layered specifically in that order.
That’s EAT! Hope you liked the bonus NYC entry.