Last week we were in New York City and one of the places I visited was Eataly. This sprawling market is on 5th Avenue and 23rd Street. The 50,000 square foot space has multiple restaurants, a pizzeria, a rooftop beer garden and microbrewery. There is also a cooking school and retail sections where you can buy anything from dried pasta to sardines to Italian housewares to fresh Italian cheeses. Eataly is an Italian food lovers dream. I could have spent hours in the place even though my first visit was a bit overwhelming. There was so much to look at, I wasn’t sure what to eat or where to shop first. The nice thing was that we arrived at 10:30 in the morning so the lunch crowds hadn’t arrived yet.
The minute the kids’ eyes hit the gelato counters, they had to have some. Since we were on vacation, I let them have some before lunch. OK, I’n not going to lie. I had some myself. So what, that we had dessert first. That’s what Eataly and vacation does to you. I split the ricotta almond gelato with my husband. My son stuck with his usual chocolate gelato and my daughter picked raspberry sorbetto. It was delicious.
Next we moved on to looking at all the different foods at the market. It’s hard to choose something when you see so many great things. This time was more of a window shopping visit. Next time I go, I’m buying out the place. Feast your eyes on what we saw.