First up: Eataly! Don't you love the name?
The October issue of Travel and Leisure introduced me to New York City's new Italian market and restaurant complex, Eataly. This is a concept in Italy and Japan that just debuted in the US on the first of September. This article primarily highlighted the people behind it, like Mario Batali and Lidia Bastianich among many renowned restaurateurs. It's a market of stalls selling everything concerning Italian cuisine-- groceries, prepared food, drink, kitchen utensils, cookbooks, classes. Italian gelato and pizza, not Americanized Italian! In addition, there are seven restaurants which seem to specialize in types of food, like one in Italian meats, in pizza and pasta, and another in seafood. It all sounds so squisito!
Check it out for yourself at http://www.newyork.eataly.it/!
It's a huge place in the Flatiron District, 200 5th Ave. to be exact. It's open from 10 AM to 11 PM.
Some of the reviews on yelp say it is very expensive (which is un-Italian to me), and has the potential to be very touristy. How did they not fall in love with fresh, homemade and passionate Italian food? I like to think of myself as a traveler, but I can totally be a tourist... I will definitely have to go to New York for a visit! Italian food is happiness ...and red wine! It'll be totally worth it for me.