Monday, September 6, 2010
Eataly is Ecstacy
When I first heard about Eataly opening, I was beyond thrilled. My favorite chef Mario Batali would be opening an Italian mega food complex based on a similar concepts in Italy (hence why it is a chain and I am writing about it). When it opened this week, I knew I had to be go and check out this land of white cheeses, tomato sauce and wine. Having recently traveled to Italy and eating and drinking my face off, I knew I would be an expert on judging Eataly. So this Saturday, I shook off my normal Saturday morning hangover, went for a run and made Nina come with me to see what all the buzz was all about.
There was a line just to enter, but we only waited around 10 minutes until the security man allowed us in. When you first walk in it looks like a fancy Italian supermarket, but as you navigate through the complex you realize there is more. What really stood out to me was how you would be in the seafood section and all of a sudden there were tables and people eating, that is how it was throughout. We started at the wine bar of course as we waited for our table in the pizza/pasta restaurant. Because it is so new and opened ahead of schedule there were some hiccups in the service. They ran out of wine glasses so it took some time to get our delicious rose. Nini and I didn't care, we were chill, just enjoying the atmosphere and the fact that seconds before I took a picture with the captain of the orange crocs club. The same can't be said for the miserable chubster we were next to at the wine bar with the red glitter flip flops who called the establishment a sh*t show and was being quite mean to the nice men behind the bar. If I have learned anything in my 29 years on this planet it is that you be nice to your bar tender. Be nice to anyone who can provide you with wine! So, after our glass of vino we proceeded to go to the pizza/pasta restaurant because it was time to check on our table. Lucky for us it was almost ready! Right before we sat I noticed my favorite sommelier from Otto was working there. For some reason I feel like we are friends, but that can just be my imagination, I am not sure. He seemed very stressed and unhappy, it was sad. Anyway, Nina let me pick our food, that was nice, so we got the Margarita Pizza and the Pesto Pasta. You can tell by the pictures, it was delicious!!! The pizza was extra, extra soft and the pesto was flavorful without being too greasy. You could totally tell the pasta was homemade too.
I would definitely come back here soon and explore more of the different eating options. I am excited about the beer garden on the roof and Manzo's (like the Real Housewives of NJ last name - so funny) restaurant. It is kinda of sad that I don't really know how to cook because I imagine food shopping here would be fun. I could probably get some good Truffle Oil.
Welcome to NY Eataly and welcome to my heart!