Eataly– Bless you, Mario Batali.

I love markets. Whenever I’m travelling, whether it’s in a third world country or in a massively gentrified city, I try to go to the central market. It not only is a feast for the senses, but it holds the pulse of the place. One of the highlights of my book tour, and I mean SERIOUS HIGHLIGHT, was dinner with my fabulous agent and gal-around-town New Yorker, at Eataly. Run don’t walk. This is the sort of place that makes me want to weep for joy whilst in its walls, and weep for deprivation whilst back in Montana– where the grocery stores just don’t have live uni or kobe beef or towers of Parmigiano Reggiano or…well, you get the picture. Here’s the scoop:

Eataly, the largest artisanal Italian food and wine marketplace in the world, is finally here in New York. Two years after Oscar Farinetti opened his groundbreaking food and wine market in Turin, Italy, he has teamed up with Mario Batali, Joe Bastianich, and Lidia Matticchio Bastianich of Batali-Bastianich (B&B) Hospitality Group to transform a 50,000 square – foot space in the Flatiron District into New York City’s premier culinary mecca.

The marketplace located at 200 Fifth Avenue (the former Toy Building) is the city’s ultimate destination for food lovers to shop and taste and savor – an extravaganza includes a premier retail center for Italian delicacies and wine, a culinary educational center, and a diverse slate of boutique eateries. This gourmand’s delight features cured meats and cheeses, fruits and vegetables, fresh meats, fresh fish, handmade pasta, desserts and baked goods and coffees.

Here’s what The New York Times has to say about it.


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7 Responses to Eataly– Bless you, Mario Batali.

  1. Yummy! Having just returned from a Mediterranean trip, including a few days in Venice and Ravenna, Italy, I can appreciate the experience you had at the Eataly. Marketplaces are such a treat – one lacking in my rural north Georgia locale. You’ve just given me another reason to consider a trip to New York. Great photos – as always!

    • lauramunson

      Ooooo a trip to the Mediterranean! I hope you ate well! I love that the Italians always ask that after you return from a party. Hai mangiato bene? Did you eat well? If you go to Eataly, plan to dine there as well– there are like ten restaurants within those hallowed halls…yrs. Laura

  2. carolyn gordon

    it’s so beautiful! so mouth watering!

    i hope you had a good thanksgiving

  3. I was in Rome in June and had some amazing meals. I am reading your book and I am loving it. I dread finishing it because I feel like my friend is telling me her story.

    • lauramunson

      I would like to close my eyes and open them to Peanut Island. SO gorgeous. Thanks for sharing your blog with me. I’m glad you are enjoying my book. I wrote it for readers like you! yrs. Laura

    • Thank you,Laura. So happy you came by the blog. Peanut Island is one of
      those places that are just magical.

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