June 29, 2011

La Birreria at Eataly

You may recall my blog from last February when I took you on a tour or Eataly, the food lovers’ paradise devoted to the food and culinary traditions of Italy, located in Manhattan at Fifth Avenue and Twenty-Third Street.  It is a collaboration between Mario Batali, Joe Bastianich, and Lidia Bastianich of Batali & Bastianich Hospitality Group and original Eataly founder Oscar Farinetti.  I am happy to report that Eataly’s much anticipated rooftop beer garden, La Birreria, is finally open for business and I attended the really fun opening celebration on June 2nd.  The house beer selections are a collaboration between Birreria’s brew master, Brooks Carretta, Dogfish Head of Delaware, Birra Baladin of Piedmont, and Birra del Borgo of Rome.  Other refreshing craft beers, both Italian and American are served, as well as red and white wines.  The food choices are a robust and flavorful and pair with beer quite nicely.  There’s something quite wonderful about sitting on a rooftop in Manhattan sipping a really good glass of beer.

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