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.
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.
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.
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.