Thursday, January 16, 2014


Eat Up New England is on the road again. This time, visiting one of New York City's famous Eataly. This place is the real deal when it comes to authentic Italian food and it should be because it's owned by noted restauranteurs Mario Batali, Lidia Bastianich and her son, Joe Bastianich.

At 50,000 square feet, Eataly NYC is vast and can be a bit overwhelming for the first time visitor. There's a lot to eat! Give yourself a couple of hours so you can really take it all in. There are various food stations where you can get food for dine in and take out. If you have the time, you can eat at one of their themed restaurants with table service. One spot serves all vegetarian. Another specializes in seafood.

I went for a little of this and a little of that from the various food stations when I visited. I devoured a slice of spicy sausage pizza from their pizza station. For dessert, I had their chocolatey tiramisu, which was perfect. The highlight for me was their hot chocolate. Be sure to try it when you visit in the winter. The rich flavor is unlike anything you'll experience anywhere else and is topped off with a generous portion of whipped cream.

Eataly also carries all of the groceries you'll need for the perfect Italian meal. There are fresh fruits & veggies, pastas, breads, fresh truffles, Italian candies. They even have their own fresh mozzarella station! It's not all edible. Eataly also supplies all of the kitchen gadgets you'll need to prepare dinner. You can also buy cookbooks from the famous owners and other Italian chefs. Be sure to pick up a mug, plate, bowl or apron with the Eataly logo to remember your visit.


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