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Eataly: New York City’s Italian Food Emporium

Wow… my husband and I visited to the much talked about Eataly on Saturday and LOVED it.  Best not to go in hungry as you will want to explore everything before you settle on what to eat or what to buy.  With all the tempting food bars ( Panini, Gelato, Cappucino, Meats and Cheeses, Oysters, Wine and Beer) and restaurants it is tough to make a decision.

If you haven’t heard about Eataly, let me get you up to speed.  Chef Mario Batali opened Eataly, a 50,000 square foot world of all the best food Italy has to offer in the Flatiron District of New York City.  We loved the cool minimalist design and “oohed” and “aahed” over all the meats, cheeses, pastas, breads, vegetables, and seafood.  With seven restaurants and four food stands there is something to fulfill your wildest Italian cravings.  Batali says, “This isn’t a selection of restaurants under one roof. This is a retail store where we peddle the greatest of Italian gastronomy to people who want to eat it and know how to appreciate it. You ask any Italian and all of the smart Americans where the best meal they ever had in the last ten years was, and it was never in someone’s restaurant. It was always in the house.”

The market (which also includes an on-site bookstore) opened with Batali’s longtime partners Joe and Lidia Bastianich (and Italian investor Oscar Farinetti), features a who’s who of New York and Italy’s top food personalities. Heading up the charcuterie selection are famed New York butcher Pat LaFrieda (who provides the excellent burgers found at the nearby Shake Shack) and Sergio Capaldo, founder of the Razza Piemontese Consortium, and a leader in the Italian slow food movement. Even Batali’s father, a longtime Seattle meat purveyor, is getting in on the act, flying in his famous salumi from the West Coast. Chef David Pasternack (of the beloved Midtown seafood spot Esca) is manning the fish station, while Marco Michelis, a young chef shipped in straight from Torino, will be serving up gnocchi, orecchiette, and other fresh pastas daily.  For wine lovers, the vino section will carry over 1,000 bottles.

Aside from the restaurants and the market you can also shop for cookbooks, cooking utensils, sign up for cooking classes, and plan a trip to Italy through their travel program.

Fresh vegetables… I love the brussel sprouts!

Fresh pastas being made on site.  The ravioli and gnocchi selection looked outstanding.

The imported pasta section in the market has a huge selection.  There are signs throughout the market located above each type of food telling you what to cook or pair the particular item with…very helpful.

The meats all looked amazingly fresh and again, there was a wide selection to choose from.

The seafood counter was amazing and all of the mussles, clams, and shrimp packed into ice is quite tempting.

The cheese and sliced meat selection in the market is perfect for a picnic.

The bread is all made on site ( you can watch through a glass window).  We sampled some and it was delicious.

All the Italian jams, cookies, crackers, candy, and chocolate you could want.

The dessert counter in the market caught my eye. How incredible do all of these look? Perfection.

The signs through out the Italaian mecca help you find your way around.

Above is the central “food court” where we settled on eating lunch.  There are four stations with counter space for you to grab some appetizers and a glass of wine or beer.

Our lunch hit the spot: An order of caprese followed by a selection of five meats and five cheeses paired with honey, figs, jam, and bread.  Paired with a rose wine.

I look forward to my next visit! It is a great way to spend a Saturday afternoon and definitely worth a trip into the city.  There is nothing quite like Eataly!

Below is a breakdown of exactly what Eataly has to offer:

Wine and Beer

Wine director Dan Amatuzzi worked with Batali, Bastianich and Farinetti to stock Eataly’s shelves with more than 1,000 Italian wines, including AntinoriFerrari and La Mozza. Meanwhile, beer lovers can take the elevator up to the rooftop to indulge in La Birreria‘s house brews.

The Food

Le Verdure (vegetable) will serve fried veggies, fresh salads and other vegetarian-only options.
Manzo (meat) will have a menu that features raw beef, steak and anti-pasti dishes.
Il Pesce (fish), headed up by Esca chef David Pasternack, will sell everything from lemon-cooked fish to seafood salads and contorni.
La Pizza (pizza) will dish out delicious fresh mozzarella pies made daily in wood-burning ovens.
La Pasta (pasta), La Pizza ‘s nearest neighbor, will serve dried and fresh pasta dishes, some of which you can find on the store shelves.
Salumi e Formaggi (salumi and cheese) will offer delectable cold-cuts, with favorites like prosciutto di Parma and an array of aged cheeses. At the mozzarella bar, you can watch the cheese being handmade before buying a chunk.
Crudo (raw bar) is where you can stock up on raw delights, while getting a front-row seat to the chef as he prepares dishes.

Retail

Eataly’s shelves are rife with imported Italian olive oils (prices range from $8- $40), dried pastas ($1.75-$20), balsamic vinegars, tomato sauces, honey, and jams. There’s also a selection of linens, kitchen equipment, houseware products, and a bookstore dedicated to wine, food and Italian culture. And if you’re thinking about visiting Italy, talk to AlpiTours and Liberi Tutti, the in-house travel agencies available to help you plan your next trip.

Culinary Stations and School

The stations spread throughout the store will offer food and wine courses, lectures and demonstrations. You can learn everything from how to make fresh mozzarella, to how to roll out pasta dough and bake focaccia bread. At La Scuola (the school), you can take classes with Eataly’s founders, who’ll teach you about artisanal products, seasonal ingredients, as well as healthy cooking.

xo,

S

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Won’t You Be My Valentine?

Valentine’s Day is 9 days away! Don’t be left empty handed… below are a few gift ideas to romance your honey.

Gifts for her:

Faux shagreen frame: these come in a variety of colors and you can pop in a picture of the two of you.

http://www.vivre.com/product/Shop_By_Category/Home_Decor/Frames/Small_Shagreen_Frame

Givenchy: Glazed Nightengale bag: This gloss grey bag is scrumptious!

http://www.barneys.com/Medium%20Glazed%20Nightingale/00460104081266,default,pd.html

Eddie Borgo star cuff bracelet: I love the bold jem stone colors.

http://www.eddieborgo.com/Eddie_Borgo_Jewelry_Designer_Collections_Womens_2010_SprSum_1.html

Davines Love shampoo and conditioner: Smells delicious

http://www.luxuryparlor.com/davines.html?gclid=CNSdr4uw258CFUWE7QodFkIHHw

If she likes interiors this new book by Assouline is beautifully shot and has interviews with many of todays most inspiring designers:

http://www.amazon.com/Inspired-Styles-Assouline/dp/2759401642

Get her a gift certificate for a manicure/ pedicure at the beautiful and relaxing Rescue Beauty Lounge in the West Village:

rescue beauty lounge
34 Gansevoort street 2nd floor / New York NY 10014
Call 212.206.6409 to purchase a gift certificate

Don’t forget the flowers:

Mad Love: Mini Pink Calla Lillies, Red Roses, Pink Phalaenopsis Orchids and Anthurium Leaves

Banchet is an absolutely gorgeous flower shop right around the corner from my apartment. Just looking in the windows is a treat. Banchet puts her modern twist on floral arrangements and the color combinations are stunning. Every detail is accounted for in her refined creations ( including the perfect container for the bouquet)

http://www.banchetflowers.com/home.php?cat=1&item=1

Gifts for Him:

The perfect tie: Silk foulard necktie hand made in Naples with a cream, red and light blue print on a navy ground

http://store.dynend.com/handmadesix-foldsilkfoulardtie-3.aspx

Crocodile card case: Very stylish

http://www.vivre.com/product/Shop_By_Category/Men/Crocodile_Card_Case

For the sporty man: Drive an hour and a half outside of NYC and take aim at clays at Sandanona Shooting Grounds in Millbrook, NY. Once a tweedy private shooting club (the oldest in the country), Sandanona was purchased by Orvis, the outdoor sports clothier, and opened to the masses. Sip coffee and roam the wood-shingled clubhouse before being outfitted for a twenty-gauge shotgun (manageable for beginners) and taking in a gun-safety lecture. Then head out for a round on the world-class sporting-clays course.

Make a weekend out of it and stay the night in town at the Porterhouse Inn. While in Millbrook be sure to check out the Millbrook Vineyards and Winery, and the fine antique shops located in the village.

Details
Orvis Sandanona Shooting Grounds: 800-548-9548; http://www.orvis.com/intro.aspx?dir_id=11716&group_id=11814&subject=3050

Porterhouse Inn: http://www.porterhousebandb.com/

Whiskey:

There’s no drink quite like 18 year old Macallan ($124). Voted best whisky in the world by Whiskey Magazine in 2004, the 18 year vintage of The Macallan is consistently one of the most smooth drinking scotches in the world ( or so says my husband).

The art of shaving: Sandalwood shaving cream. My husband uses this and it is delicious. It has a distinct smell and makes his skin so soft. Irresistible.

http://www.theartofshaving.com/shop/product/35003/3

For both of you:

Nicolas Feuillatte Champagne: Brut Rose – A beautiful soft salmon pink color with continuous tiny bubbles. The flavors of blackberries, raspberries, red currants, and strawberries give off a feeling of lightness.

Recommended pairings: Salmon tartare, pork tenderloin, fresh goat cheese, red fruits.

Then head to Wallse for their valentine’s day pre-fix menu. Austrian food with a refined light twist. The restaurant has a decidedly romantic feel with towering branches of flowers in the windows and on the bar.

http://www.wallserestaurant.com/

For reservations, please call 212-352-2300 or reserve online at opentable.com

Top it all off with dessert from Billy’s Bakery ( my favorite cupcakes in the city!)

http://www.billysbakerynyc.com/

xo,

S

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