There is everything from wine and cheese pairings to il pesce (fish) and la verdure (emphasis on produce). There is a beer garden, a panini stop, a pastry counter, and a coffee shop. You can purchase pastas, meat, bread, fish, cheese, liquor, produce, snacks, and desserts.
After tasting some wine and cheese (we were a quartet of mother-daughter duos), we headed over to dine on Eataly’s homemade Neapolitan-style pizza and homemade lasagna.
On the website, Eataly’s pizza is described as having a charred and elastic crust. I think that is a fitting description. The pizza we ordered was extremely simple; it had San Marzano tomatoes, fresh mozzarella, olive oil, and a about 2 basil leaves on top. Is it possible that the simple was almost too simple? Ok ok, the pizza was good. But I have definitely had better. And it sure took a long time to bring out this “simple” pizza.
We also shared a lasagna (“pasta al forno con zucca”) with homemade noodles. It had pumpkin, butternut squash, and Pecorino cheese. This was quite good. It did sort of fall apart when you took a bite, but I liked the flavor and the creamy texture.
I will have to go back and try some of the other restaurant vendors at Eataly, or at least buy some groceries there. It will have to be after the crazy holiday season, though. I don’t know how well I do with large crowds and a lot of noise while I am lunching…oh, everything is an experience in New York…
200 5th AVENUE
NEW YORK, NY 10010
Entrances on 5th Avenue and 23rd Street