This week, we will talk about something I dearly love: food. Specifically, really good food.
I present to you, Eataly.
Eataly is a 50,000 square foot Italian market, located just off of 5th Ave in the Flatiron District.
Inspired by Eataly in Turin, Italy, the New York marketplace is an Italian culinary paradise of fresh produce,
fresh fish and seafood,
meats and cheeses,
freshly baked bread and artisan sandwiches, for a quick lunch-on-the-go,
and of course, no Italian market would be complete without coffee, which I forgot to take a picture of.
Eataly is a gourmet, at-home-chef's dream. But don't check out of this post if you're not such a fan of the kitchen. Eataly also boasts a variety of Italian eateries for hungry patrons to indulge in.
Start your culinary adventure at La Piazza and enjoy a glass of wine and a plate of prosciutto and mozzarella, made fresh right in front of you.
Head on over to Le Vedure for Italian vegetarian fare.
We chose to forgo the wine and cheese because I can't have wine (but boy would I love to have a glass!) and Luis isn't big on cheese and started here with the Scarola Alla Griglia.
Grilled bitter greens with pine nuts, currants, parmigiano reggiano and aged balsamic.
2.2 seconds later...
It. Was. Incredible.
I had heard of grilled salad a few years ago and had always been interested to try it so I was beyond thrilled when my husband, who is not known to be very adventurous when it comes to food, was willing to order this with me.
And I was even more surprised when he loved it just as much as I did. Something about the warmth of the lettuce with the sweet balsamic and the salty parmigianno...if I could recreate this salad and eat it every day I would.
From there you can head to Il Pesce for seafood, Manzo for a carnivorous, formal dining experience--it's all about the meat here--or La Pizza & Pasta for, well, pizza and pasta.
This is where our stomachs led us. Luis and I split the calzone and the Pansotti di Ricotta e Spinaci. Translation: Housemade ravioli filled with ricotta and spinach served in a light lemon butter and pistachios.
Unfortunately, you're just gonna have to use your imagination for those ones because my stomach took over and caused my hands to reach for the fork rather than the camera. Oops.
We were good and didn't stop for gelato at Gelateria. Mostly because we had been bad and ate way too much. And also the line was crazy long. But had we not overindulged, and had the line not been too long, we would have definitely enjoyed a scoop or two.
Okay let's be honest, it wasn't a matter of self-restraint as much as impatience. If the line hadn't been too long we would have definitely stopped for some gelato, full stomachs and all.
So that concludes our tour of Eataly. Italy + Eat = Eataly...clever, eh? Come on out and see it for yourselves. We got a great hide-a-bed you can crash on. After October 17 though, come at your own sleep's risk cause there's a baby a'comin' to Casa Robles.
Two weeks, three days and counting down...and for those of you who keep asking, here's the latest of the bump.
It could potentially be the last one as I am once again on bedrest due to low amniotic fluid. I have had the weekend to fill up baby's tank and if my efforts were unsuccessful then I will be induced tomorrow. Stay tuned :)