Saturday, January 1, 2011


200 5th Ave
New YorkNY 10010

As seen on
- many papers/magazines
-Hook Line and Sinker

Eataly, the largest artisanal Italian food and wine marketplace in the world, is finally here in New York. Mario Batali finally opened his 50,000sq foot food temple in the heart of Flatiron. Located right next to Madison Square Park, Eataly takes up nearly an entire city block. This cultural experience is housing close to 10 restaurants, a beer garden on the 15th floor, grocery store, a bank, and a school just to name a few. Having an individual restaurant for each section (meat, cheese,wine,dry goods,produce,dessert,bread,pasta, fish, pizza, housewares, etc.) Shopping is very confusing and this place is packed which makes it even harder. You pay for your meat in the meat section and then go to the cheese section and pay there. Its ridiculous to think you would pay 5-10 different times to do your grocery shopping. The fish restaurant is with the fish and the pasta restaurant with the fresh handmade pasta. The goal at Eataly is to have the best most authentic Italian food available. Everything that isn't imported direct from Italy is made fresh by hand in front of you. Fresh handmade mozzarella made right before your eyes. It really is bringing food and shopping to the next level. The level of freshness and quality is unmatched. It is on the expensive side which makes sense being a trendy top of the line new grocery store in Manhattan. This place is definitely worth checking out, its crazy! Mario Batali recently described his imported food hall Eataly as a "temple," as a place where "food is more sacred than commerce." Take one step inside and you will understand. This is a destination not just a market.

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