My husband and I recently went to New York. We walked across the Brooklyn Bridge, visited some places near and dear to our hearts, ate the traditional street hot dogs and roasted nuts, hung out at Grand Central Station… and then we checked out Eataly.
Eataly is exactly how it sounds – everything you can possibly eat Italian is found here. Touted as the “largest Italian marketplace in the world,” the first Eataly was opened in Turin in 2007.
New York’s Eataly, near Madison Square Park, opened in 2010 and is more than 50,000 square feet packed with all things Italian – anything from beauty products to fresh pasta to coffee and gelato to cheese and fresh produce. Oh boy did we wish we had four stomachs to eat everything. Just imagine an open-air market only inside and lots of cafeteria-style restaurants, although some places have official seating areas and a wait staff. Prices are very reasonable.
The gelato is a don’t miss and at the dessert counter try the Semifreddo – a sponge cake topped with cassis, vanilla Chantilly cream mousse and fresh berries ($5.80). Eat it slowly, and savor the layers of flavors and textures of the sweet treat, as you people watch and sit at a communal table where other customers are enjoying their espresso.
Eataly has locations around the world and in 2017 it will also find a home here in Los Angeles at the Westfield Mall in Century City. Another 50,000 square feet of Italy I can’t wait to explore. The rooftop and outdoor seating sounds divine! Oh yes, and we can’t leave out the food. Yaaay!
See and hear an area of Eataly in this petite video..Eataly Video