December 19, 2011

One of my favourite places when I visited New York City this past August was Eataly. What is Eataly? A place where you can Eat….in Italy? If you’re anything like me, this is what I was first thinking, and hence I was excited, hungry and confused all at once.

Many people were speaking highly of Eataly before I left for NYC, imploring me to visit. Some mentioned a restaurant, other mentioned a market. All raved. It wasn’t until I visited myself that I realised it was indeed a restaurant and a market. On a grand scale. It’s pretty much Heaven. Of course it is, it’s the work of Mario Batali.

Welcome to food, food and more food! Beautiful produce, cured meats, cheeses, chocolates and more.

Yep, I told you…Heaven.

See this post (link) by Emma Stirling, fellow NYC obsessed Dietitian, for information on what a Vegetable Butcher is. It’s a great concept!

In terms of eating at Eataly, an activity I highly recommend, you go about it as follows:

1. Select a station – would you like to eat vegetables, gelato, pizza, seafood, antipasti, pasta? Too much choice? I know. Here’s a tip, close your eyes and go wherever your heart desires most. But open your eyes before you walk.

2. Wait to be seated – they don’t like you to take your own seats (this was the case everywhere in New York, it would seem). Just FYI. Neglectful and slightly resentful service may ensue if you dare take a seat yourself.

3. Order away! This is the hard part, as it all sounds so divine. It’s a trouble I’d love to be burdened with more often though. It would be my pleasure.


On my first Eataly visit with the girls, we ate at the vegetable station – Le Verdure.

Oh here we go…the best bread I tasted while in The States. Pure Bliss. Heaven.

Along with beautiful Extra Virgin Olive Oil and Balsamic.

We selected a Caprese Salad (our favourite!)…

…and Fritto Misto. These fried seasonal vegetables were incredible. The batter was very light, peppery and just gorgeous.


My second visit to Eataly was a solo affair. Peta was about to board her flight home, Vicki was seeing a matinee of Wicked, Bhey was napping at home and I had just braved the rain to visit Moma. Afterwards I sought refuge from the downpour in Eataly. On this day I was in the mood for some seafood, and so I placed my soggy little umbrella at my feet, perched on a stool at Il Pesce and settled in to enjoy my lunch Рa Frutti Di Mare Salad with Saut̩ed Summer Squash. In other words, Heaven. Simple seafood like this is undoubtedly one of my most favourite dishes in the world. If not served atop an al dente twirl of pasta, I will settle for beautiful bread to soak up the juices. But preferably both.

See? Heaven.

Heidi xo

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  • Lisa (bakebikeblog) December 19, 2011 at 7:56 am

    how very wonderful indeed!

  • Ashley December 19, 2011 at 9:11 am

    Oh my gosh, is that like a shelf of mushrooms?! Looks amazing and what a fun concept. 🙂 Lovin' that they're staying pretty true to the Italian way and keeping it fresh and simple, mmhmm!

  • riotersbloc December 19, 2011 at 11:39 am

    Haha @ "excited, hungry, and confused"!!!

    That place looks amazing, I'm so hungry now! Yet another reason to go to NYC.

  • Michelle Chin December 19, 2011 at 11:42 am

    Eataly was no. 1 on urbanspoon ny!!! i should have gone to eataly. grrrrr

  • Heidi December 19, 2011 at 11:51 am

    Lisa – yes!

    Ashley – indeed, an entire shelf of mushrooms!!! mmmhmmm indeed 😉

    riotersbloc – oh yeah 😉

    Michelle – next time!

    Heidi xo

  • the actor's diet December 19, 2011 at 1:06 pm

    we had an amazing time at eataly earlier this year – there's rumors they're opening one up in LA but not for a while…

  • Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella December 19, 2011 at 6:08 pm

    I've never been to Italy or Eataly! I must rectify that 😛 Oh psst I think you might want to check the To Market To Market Heidi. You may have won something there! 😉

  • Hannah December 19, 2011 at 9:10 pm

    Oh, that seafood salad looks wonderful, wonderful!

    Also, I was just sneaky-reading your tweets on the side of your blog, and amen to Steve. That could be because I've always associated most with Miranda, though….

  • The InTolerant Chef December 20, 2011 at 9:00 am

    I love the sound ofa vegetable butcher! And can I have one if those walls of mushrooms for Christmas- pretty please?

  • Iron Chef Shellie December 20, 2011 at 11:56 am

    looks fab! must remember if I ever get to NYC, wait to be seated!

  • Cass @foodmyfriend December 20, 2011 at 1:54 pm

    Oh yum! I would make a bee line straight for the vegetable butcher. Those fried veges look to die for 🙂

  • Heidi December 20, 2011 at 6:04 pm

    Lynn – oooh good for you!!

    Lorraine – hurrah for me, thanks lovely! 🙂

    Hannah – Miranda is the best, I love her too 🙂

    InTolerant Chef – sure, coming right up 😉

    Michele – hahaha indeed!! You've been told 😛

    Cass – oooh yes they were 🙂

    Heidi xo

  • Hannah December 20, 2011 at 8:31 pm

    yumm I get so excited just going to deli's, this looks so wonderful! So much fresh produce!!