Wednesday, September 01, 2010

Eataly Opens

After months of speculation, Eataly, the venture or dream of Batali-Bastianich has finally opened at 4pm on August 31st. The line was long but it was moving fast when I decided to join at 4.05pm. Ten minutes later, I was in with my camera looking at the Lavazza's espresso bar, dine-in eateries matched by corresponding food stores, pasta aisles, the LaFrieda butcher counter and the notable bakery.

I haven't been an advocate of Italian food. I am not a fan of white-flour based foods as pasta, pizza or bread; I am not a great fan of risotto, Chiante or garlicky tomato sauce either. I welcome both gelato or prosciutto and espresso with moderation (because coffee does not come from Italy really but from Colombia!). But Eataly's design is impressive, with postage, little areas and interestingly decorated.

I will return for a gelato, espresso or even a glass of prosecco. I will keep you posted.

Eataly @ 200 Fifth Ave between 23rd and 24th Sts