February 22, 2011

Eataly - A Unique Food Lovers' Paradise!

Perhaps you saw my television show last September when we took the audience on a tour of Eataly, that 50,000 square-foot food lovers’ paradise devoted to the food and culinary traditions of Italy.  Located in Manhattan at Fifth Avenue and Twenty-Third Street, Eataly New York is a collaboration between Mario Batali, Joe Bastianich, and Lidia Bastianich of Batali & Bastianich Hospitality Group and original Eataly founder Oscar Farinetti.  The vibrant mega-market has plenty for visitors to shop, taste, and enjoy, including seven full-service eateries, a wine shop, bakery, and a culinary education center.  And what’s really fantastic is that all of the authentic Italian ingredients that make up the menus at the eateries are available for purchase in Eataly’s various markets.

Eataly shares a commitment to the Slow Food movement, an association that counters the rise of fast food and fast life.  Concerned about vanishing food traditions and people’s basic lack of interest in the foods they eat, Eataly is a great place to learn exactly where in Italy all of these fine ingredients and foods come from and how to put them together for fabulous and delicious results.  If you find yourself in Manhattan, you should really visit Eataly.  In the meantime, enjoy this little tour.

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Photos By Martha Stewart @marthastewart and Eliad Laskin @joemartha