On Tuesday, food ed Heather Meldrom and I were lucky enough to attend an Italian wine tasting event at Eataly, the new Italian-foods super-store that Mario Batali and his partner, Joe Bastianich, recently opened in NYC. Plenty has been written about the place, and by all accounts the crowds are insane (sometimes there's a line to get IN), so I held off on going. The place is incredible—50,000 square feet of Italian specialty foods, an espresso bar, several restaurants, a wine store and beer depot, cookware (including plenty of Mario's orange clogs for sale), fresh fish, a meat counter, a sandwich and panini bar, a fabulous bakery, and a staggering array of beverages and condiments you've never seen before. There's no indication that the crowds are thinning, either, so head over with an open schedule and calm demeanor (we had no trouble scoring a table at the pasta and pizza restaurant at 5:30pm). Here's a little slide show that I hope captures some of what you can see and taste there.
October 27, 2010
photos from eatalyPosted by Carla Lalli Music
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