My sister was home from the Philippines and it was time to think of more places to eat! I asked what she was in the mood for. I’m sure she’s had enough rice and noodles, so Asian food was out of the question. She said she missed good wine and Italian food. Off to Eataly!
We got a spot at La Piazza. An area right in the center of Eataly with standing tables that serves small plates and fresh mozzarella. I actually haven’t been back here since my birthday.
We ordered a couple glasses of white wine. The majority of the wines cost anywhere from $9 to $15 a glass. Cheers!
You’re given a few pieces of crusty Italian bread wrapped in paper and extra virgin olive oil with a pinch of salt for dipping.
We ordered the Grande Piatto Misto di Salumi & Formaggi. It’s an assortment of the best cheeses and salumi of Eataly. For $23, it’s a solid deal.
The assortment included hefty chunks of aged parmesan, bleu cheese, ricotta, prosciutto, mortadella, and salami.
The honey was amazing. It had slivers of almonds and was delicious drizzled on the cheeses. The figs and syrupy peaches added a sweet element.
We wanted to enjoy some pasta afterwards, but it was a packed Saturday night and we forgot to put our name down before enjoying our antipasto so the wait at La Pasta was over an hour. Instead, we headed to Il Crudo and grabbed a couple seats at the counter.
I switched it up and ordered some red wine since we were ordering a couple more savory dishes.
My sister ordered the a Lurisia soda, Aranciata flavor. An Italian sparkling orange beverage.
We decided to get the Arancini di Limone. Fried rice balls with lemon and Pecorino cheese topped with a parsley pesto. These had a nice creamy texture and the lemon rice filling was tasty. The arancini I’ve had in the past were bland, but these were good.
The second dish was the Pizza Fritta. It’s a fried pizza topped with fresh mozzarella, San Marzano tomato sauce, and basil. A simple Margherita with the highest quality ingredients. I really enjoyed it. It’s best to eat it right away so the fried pizza dough doesn’t get soggy.]
Time for some gelato before walking back to Penn Station.
The gelato was smooth, creamy, and delicious.
I had the Nutella gelato and it was yummy!
We always seem to think of Eataly when craving Italian food and wine. You really can’t beat the huge selection of authentic Italian dishes and products made with the highest quality ingredients.
200 5th Ave
New York, NY 10010