Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Mario Batali's Eataly マリオ・バターリのイータリー

Mario Batali has been one of my favorite Italian chefs for many years. I fell in love with his food for the first time at his first restaurant, Po, in the West Village, then, of course Babbo has been on the top of my list for all these years. He recently opened this Eataly, the largest artisanal Italian market in the Flatiron area, and I had to go and try his goodies!


However, the place was packed with people - locals, tourists and everyone! I could not even move in a big waves of people, and I felt dizzy. People were waiting in line for a half hour just to buy a sandwich... so I decided to come back some other time to eat here.


Just walking around the market looking at all the wonderful produce from Italy was fun enough.
They looked so tasty, the packaging was beautiful, too.


And, the sweets! Oh my goodness, they looked so good....


The pastas! There are so many pastas there.


And the cheese! そしてチーズ!

More cheese! もっとチーズ!

Wow, those nougats were so expensive... $28 for a small nougat!

うわ〜、このヌガーは高かった、、、 小さなパックが28ドル!

All sorts of jams were there... how cute... Although I was so hungry I got full looking at those wonderful products from Italy. When I came to New York in the late 1970's there was not even espresso or cappuccino available in the market. It's amazing how much things have changed...!


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