Visit Italy in NYC
This market featured a number of really cool products and it was also home to a ton of amazing looking restaurants. It was full of people enjoying all kinds of food and it ended up being where I enjoyed one of the best burgers I’ve ever had in my life.
Being in France, the market we went to had a French influence. But there are these types of indoor markets/food courts all around Europe, including one in Italy called Eataly, which features Italian food.
Fortunately, you don’t have to travel all the way to Italy to experience this market because they also have one in New York City. Eataly offers some incredible Italian specialty items and gourmet restaurants, bringing some authentic Italian flavors to the heart of Manhattan. Food Network celebrity Mario Batali is one of the owners of the market and you see his picture scattered throughout the building.
The first slice of focaccia was rather simple - topped with fresh mozzarella and marinara sauce. The cheese tasted great but I prefer more spice in the sauce, which basically tasted like canned tomatoes to me. The other slice of focaccia was topped with prosciutto and fresh mozzarella. I’m usually not a big fan of prosciutto but I thought this was delicious. The prosciutto was tender and not too salty and tasted great with the mozzarella. The bread was very good but it was more oily than I normally prefer. We paid $8 for two slices, which made this an extremely cheap dinner.
A visit to Eataly is something I would recommend to any foodie who visits New York City. The energy of the market is special and it feels like you’ve been transported to the heart of Italy. To experience the best food the market has to offer, it’s probably best to plan ahead and pick a restaurant to eat at. But if you just want to try something and not break the budget, picking up some focaccia at the bakery is a great option.
200 5th Avenue, New York, NY 10010
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