The Largest Italian Market in North America
By far one of my most memorable experiences in New York City was my visit to Eataly during my latest Thanksgiving trip. I cannot even begin to express the elation that came over me walking into the 50,000 square foot market – the smells, the sights , the noises just brought my consciousness on a whole other level. The fresh produce combined with direct imports from Italy made for one of the most wonderful experiences of my life.
At first, the enormity of space and the business contained within it threw me off completely. I was just walking around completely lost in the wonder of it all. I finally anchored down an employee and asked him to explain the whole eating process. He described the various eating sections to me and I decided to taste the pizzas and pastas – when in Eataly… you know the rest.
I had a great Pinot Griogio to start with the fresh country bread served with Italian extra virgin olive oil and balsamic vinegar. As for the pasta, I decided on the ravioli stuffed with ricotta and spinach coated with a lemon butter topped with pistachios. It was divine – the freshness of the pasta was incredible and was put in the forefront with the lemon butter only lightly coating it. There were a great number of pizzas with a lot of toppings, but the waiter suggested I do the contrary. I selected the Massesse composed of Eataly’s in house produced mozzarella, their home made tomato sauce. spicy Neapolitan salami and fresh basil. I couldn’t have asked for any better. I finished off my meal with a plate of 3 types of cheese selected daily and a glass (or 2 lol) of red wine (I completely forgot what it was – the cheese was so superb I lost myself in it).
After one and a half of pure culinary pleasure, I got myself an espresso from the coffee bar and a cannoli from the bakery to end a perfect meal. Everything was on point. I cannot express more enthusiasm for this enterprise and I tip my hat to Mario Batali, Lidia Bastianich and her son, Joe Bastianich for undertaking such a project. I am anxiously awaiting my return to New York City in order to take advantage of this great addition to the city.