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Red-stained teeth and lots of smiles

September 15, 2010

I hope this finds you eating a great meal or swirling an incredible glass of wine!

I went to the Batali group’s new Eataly in Manhattan. Wow! It is a city block of indoor culinary heaven! You enter to a sign that says “our policy – The customer is NOT always right, Eataly is NOT always right, it is through our differences that we find harmony”(something close to that). Wouldn’t it be great if that were everyone’s motto? It is like a combination of Dean & Deluca and Harrods of London x 10 but ALL Italian. It is impossible to capture the full scale of the space in a photo. It is a combination of retail, restaurants, school and social center with bilingual signage that makes you feel like you are learning Italian. I spent two hours walking, reading and eating and left feeling like I knew more about Italian food than ever before. I wish there was one of these for every country! They have a great wine list by the glass or bottle, which you can enjoy in the “Piazza” (indoors). I had a prosciutto tasting plate of San Daniele next to Parma. The Daniele is the darker one. It was sweeter and fuller in flavor with a meatier texture similar to a Spanish Serrano ham. The Parma had a more distinctive salty, clean flavor and the texture was like silk! Both had a mild nutty flavor and that classic cured, concentrated meat aftertaste that leaves you salivating for another bite.  They pull the mozzarella by hand; douse it with great olive oil and a pile of fresh basil leaves. As much as I love creating new dishes and playing with exotic spices it is nice to enjoy the pure pleasure of “one ingredient” artisanal products with a perfectly paired glass of wine.  It is also great to be reminded how much history, technique, and shear passion goes into making these cured meats, cheeses and wines. While eating and drinking I was reading huge posters that explain the grape varietal, history and integrity of each product. I had a blast chatting with the cast of Mama Mia at the table next to me. Everyone was having a great time. Teeth stained with red wine, shopping, learning, and living life to the fullest. It was such great energy.

Eat well, Enjoy life, Be happy!

4 Comments leave one →
  1. Ira permalink
    September 16, 2010 8:44 am

    Sounds like a great destination. I will definitely check it out. Not sure if you will have time while in NY, but you should go to the New York branch of Le Relais de Venise/L’Entrecote. Would love to hear your thoughts about how it compares to the one in Paris.

    • Jeffrey Saad permalink*
      September 18, 2010 4:07 pm

      Hello Ira, Left and now shooting in Atlanta! I will go one of these visits. I would love to compare as well! Take care and be well. Thanks for reading! Jeffrey 🙂

  2. September 17, 2010 10:04 am

    I read about Eataly on Serious Eats last week – looks absolutely wonderful. Thanks for sharing your experience!

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