Now I realize not everyone reading this blog can get to Italy (which may be in part why you’re reading this – “armchair travel”). However, if you can get to New York, you can spend the day in your own little piece of Italy – Eataly!
Eataly is this amazing Italian food meca in New York City. And yes, it is owned by “celebrity” chefs Batali and Bastianich – but don’t hold that against it. Walking through Eataly is as close as you’re going to get in the U.S. to walking through an Italian market/town filled with food in all its glorious forms – from a mind-boggling choice of olive oils and other “groceries,” to hand-made pastas, to a butcher, a pasticceria AND a gelateria. In addition to all of the food to take-away, each little section has its own bar or restaurant where you can order a glass of wine and try some of the delectables on-the-spot. Below are photos of the hand-made pasta shop, as well as the amazing bruschetta and salumi platter we tried while we were there. And, while I won’t lie to you and say the gelato is as good as La Sorbeteria Castiglione in Bologna, it’s as close as you’ll get this side of the pond! If you can’t get to Eataly, they ship some items – or you can just look through their website and dream delicious foodie dreams! (There is actually an Eataly in Bologna – much smaller than the one in NY – but you can dream you are there as well!)