Ever since Eataly NYC opened in 2010 I’ve been dying to visit the high-end Italian food market/ mall. Earlier this week, I fulfilled my desire to visit and made the trek to NYC for a food-filled day, with Eataly as one of my stops.
In 2007, Oscar Farinetti first founded Eataly in Turin, Italy. It was part of the initial vision to expand locations elsewhere in Italy and New York City. Today there are 31 Eataly locations with two in the United States (NYC and Chicago) and 16 throughout Italy. Among the planned future locations in the United States are Boston, Philadelphia, Washington DC, Los Angeles and a second in NYC.
The New York City location is owned by a partnership including Mario Batali, Lidia Bastianich and Joe Bastianich. And if you didn’t know this beforehand, you would realize it as you walk through the market because Mario, Lidia and Joe’s products proliferate throughout.
Eataly consists of two main branches: a high-end Italian food market and seven sit-down restaurants with both table and bar seating all contained within a mall-type atmosphere.
We chose to eat at La Pizza – La Pasta. I’ll be providing you with my full review very soon, but will say it was delicious!
The market is split into two main sections: House made and the Best of Italy and America. In the house made area, there is fresh food made in house. You will find fresh-made bakery items, mozzarella, gelato, pastry and pasta. I was fascinated to see the fresh pasta being made both by machine and by hand.
There is every kind of fresh pasta you can think of available for purchase from the pasta counter.
The Best of Italy and America market offers beauty, books and housewares, beer, beverages, dry pasta and rice, coffee and tea, dolci and chocolate, olive oil, vinegars, preserves and honey, sauces and condiments, dairy, cheese, and salumi.
I was amazed to find chocolate torrone. You can easily find the vanilla nougat candy, but the chocolate is a rare find. I’ll save this for Christmas Eve dinner.
You also can find the freshest products in the seafood and butcher counters.
The produce is fresh from local farms.
The salumi offers a variety of imported Italian cold cuts and cheese.
I was amazed at the size of the whole Parmesan cheese wheels!
The concept behind Eataly is to challenge the predisposition that quality products are only available to a select few. The market/ mall brings good eating and shopping to all – not limited to connoisseurs. Eat Better, Life Better Today. The shirts worn by the staff exemplify this philosophy.
We truly enjoyed our time at Eataly and look forward to returning and trying more of the products and restaurants.
Have you ever been to Eataly NYC?
What’s your favorite authentic Italian food product?