We entered through the Gelato area and came across a two Caffe’s, the Gelato shop, Venchi Chocolates (one of my favorites), the Pasticceria (bakery – which included gluten and dairy free choices), and the Panini (sandwiches) area. We then walked through the salumi, cheese, dairy, produce, meat, seafood, bread, pasta and beer areas. The restaurants in the middle of Eataly weren’t open yet but we did get to experience the chefs prepping for the day.
After visiting every nook and cranny of Eataly we settled on purchasing porchetta (roasted pork sliced thinly), red wine salami, chocolates from Venchi, flourless hazelnut cakes (gluten and dairy free), and an imported beer (to be reviewed later).
For lunch Greg and I ordered Porchetta Panini’s with Giardiniera (pickled cauliflower, celery, carrots, and bell pepper), our friend Tom ordered a Proscuitto Panini. All three were completely satisfying! My friend Robyn has a gluten intolerance and therefore couldn’t order a Panini. She went to the Salumi counter and ordered some Proscuitto. Next she went and talked to the people at the Mozzarella counter. Unfortunately, they only sell 2 or more balls of Mozzarella and since we were leaving soon it would go to waste. One of the workers had a soft spot for Robyn when he heard she couldn’t eat bread. He gave her a small ball of mozzarella with a plate and a knife for free. Needless to say Robyn thoroughly enjoyed her lunch.
If you are Italian, love Italian food, or adore different shopping and dining experiences you must visit Eataly!
200 5th Avenue
New York, NY 10010