Have you ever walked into a gourmet market and started crying? I have. Eataly was so incredibly beautiful that my senses immediately became overwhelmed and I didn’t know what to do with myself. Thank goodness my pal Nigel was down for the cause, because watching me totally lose my mind over artisanal breads, fresh pasta, fragrant cheeses and everything in between had to be a site to see. True or False: I asked my friend to take a photo of sliced prosciutto on my face.
No fronting, I am not easily intimidated but the magnitude of this giant space was a force to be reckoned with. I had to quickly decide which direction we were going to take, because getting lost seemed like it could be a legit problem. Eataly encapsulates the phrase “hustle and bustle”, which fills me with positive vibrations, but if you’re looking for something intimate or slow, do not step inside this space. Eating was top priority and the various restaurants were calling our names. It was decided that we’d go for pizza and pasta – making the afternoon a piece of classic NYC. The anticipated wait was 35 mins but we were gucci as time allowed us to pick up some prosciutto, moscato grapes, olives and some Italian sodas for a pre-lunch snack. This tiny meal, despite eating an amazing lunch, satisfied my taste buds most of all; the prosciutto was off the chain and the grapes were the best I’ve ever eaten.
We landed at La Pizza & La Pasta which boasts a menu packed with fresh Neapolitan style pizza. Our meal began with some anitpasti, the Misticanza Salad to be exact, prepared with arugula, radicchio, endive, radish, pickled vegetables and lemon vinaigrette. The greens were fresh and cleansed our palette. My eyes bulged when I saw our pipping hot Massese Pizza hit the table. Topped with mozzarella, tomato sauce, soppressata piccante and extra virgin olive oil, this beautiful creation was light while remaining savory. Nigel (a real pizza man) gave it the thumbs up and I was all smiles with the creation. To round out our meal – can you believe we’re still eating – we chose the Linguine al Pesto Trapanese made with housemade pesto of tomato, basil, almond, garlic, chili flakes and pecorino. I cannot tell you the last time I ordered pasta at a restaurant because I’m not usually about that life, but I managed to savor every bite of the al dente noodles. I was eating like I was on vacay and having a bomb food companion only made the dining experience that much better.
Eataly, 200 5th Ave New York, NY 10010