Weekend Cooking: Eataly

My sister and I decided to spend our Rapture embracing the spirit–eating like there’s no tomorrow–and snacked our way through Eataly, a 50,000 square foot Italian food emporium across from Madison Square Park and adjacent to the Flatiron Building.

The Flatiron Building 5/20/11

Together with celebrity chefs Mario Batali, Lidia (and her son, Joseph) Bastianich, Oscar Farinetti’s brainchild is equal parts restaurant, Italian culinary imports store, sweet shop, green grocer, and tourist attraction.

5/20/11 photo cred. NAM

We put our name on the waiting list for a table at La Pasta and set out to find a pre-prandial snack in the form of gelato–nocciola (hazelnut) for me, cioccolata e cafe (chocolate and coffee) for my sister.  Hey, we were hungry!

We reveled in the sheer magnitude of imported Italian pastas, sauces, tomatoes, candies, cookies, and snacks.  Entire aisles are dedicated to rice for risotto; my sister and I had found our very own Rapture.

Baladin Italian soda

At the fresh pasta bar, shoppers were jockeying for position to secure their own bakery box of homemade ravioli fresh out of the pasta maker.

Finally, our wait was over and we tucked into bowls of Spaghetti al pomodoro, prepared “…very al dente, like in Italia”.  My sis and I were in agreement: The pasta was deliziosissima!

After Eataly, we headed downtown to a dessert bar but that’s a post for another day!  If you’re in New York, especially for BEA 2011, I’d highly recommend a visit to EATALY, if only for the experience.


200 5th Avenue (at 23rd), Market open everyday from 10am to 11pm; restaurants hours vary.

Weekend Cooking is hosted by Candace of Beth Fish Reads.


  • At 2011.05.22 13:33, rhapsodyinbooks said:

    I am so going there when I go to BEA (tomorrow!). I marked it down in my FOOD folder! :–)
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    • At 2011.05.22 14:55, bermudaonion (Kathy) said:

      Oh my gosh, that sounds fantastic! I hope I can squeeze it in.

      • At 2011.05.23 12:28, Nan said:

        I so envy you! I would love all that fresh pasta! And a very witty post. :<)
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        • At 2011.05.23 12:58, Ti said:

          I’d never leave that place if I was ever lucky enough to visit.
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          • At 2011.05.24 16:36, Meg said:

            Sold, sold, sold. Everything looks amazing — and spaghetti is easily my favorite dish of all time! (I’ll be cooking it for dinner tonight, though I’m sure mine will pale in comparison that deliciousness!) I’m all about gelato, too. YUM!
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            • At 2011.05.24 17:04, rhapsodyinbooks said:

              Addendum: went to Eataly today for gelato. Best stratiatella EVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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              • At 2011.05.27 20:14, Natalie said:

                so happy you managed to squeeze in a visit! looking forward to some pics and posts from you about your new york city and bea11 experience!

              • At 2011.05.25 08:26, Dishy said:

                YUM! Looks like one delicious outing, Nat! All Italian, all the time, would not be a hard sell for me or even the kiddies. XO
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                • At 2011.05.28 12:36, Beth F said:

                  I hate myself. I was a party in the Flatiron building this week and did not go to this restaurant. ARGHHHHHHHHHHHH. And last night we were looking for Italian and didn’t think of this. We went to Becco instead (yummmmmmmmm). I hate myself for missing out on this.

                  • At 2011.05.28 22:22, Marg said:

                    Wow! What a location, and the photos all look great!

                    Wish I was there!
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                    • At 2011.05.31 11:27, Virginia said:

                      Natalie! A friend and I went to Eataly yesterday. Going on a public holiday was great because the crowd was only large, not overwhelming. We put our names down with the maitre d’ for seating in either the Pesce (seafood) or Verdure (vegetable) restaurants, and came back 12-15 minutes later to find a table ready for us in the seafood section. A seafood salad and a delicious glass of soave (a grape varietal similar to a chardonnay) was perfect on such a warm day. We skipped out to Madison Square Park with a gelato each. Your photos really did the place justice.
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                      • At 2011.05.31 12:36, Care said:

                        I adore FlatIron buildings. Omaha has one, too.
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                        • At 2011.05.31 21:12, Natalie said:

                          i’m going to totally cop to being an idiot: for the first, oh, THIRTY years of my life, i thought this building was called the FLAY-TREE-ON building. classic, i know. my husband still teases me about it. not like my dad and entire paternal side of the family are native new yorkers or anything. not that my grandmother WORKED in this very building for several years…duh.

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