|Sweet Corn Bruschetta at Le Verdure in Eataly|
Now we have Eataly, a newly opened Italian market and eatery born from a partnership between Mario Batali, Lidia and Joe Batianich, and the concept's founder Oscar Farinetti. After hearing first about the mega-market from a colleague, and then finding the massive spread in Food & Wine this month, I decided to do more research. The concept is basically to share the Italian food "experience" in a market and eatery environment. They are focused on the concepts of fresh, high quality ingredients that are sourced locally and imported, as sustainably as possible.
I have heard Eataly is a madhouse at lunchtime, so the weekend is better. Twitter posts told me that 10am on a Saturday is the best. Yelp reviewers found it nearly impossible to navigate the crowds, totally impossible to get a table after 11:30 am - and some of the counters close at 2:30pm!! As I rushed to get ready to leave on Saturday, I felt thoroughly stressed out about the decision to try lunching at Eataly. I thought the Italian food experience was supposed to be laid back?
|Seating Point - long line of people waiting for tables.|
|Tables and counter seating at Le Verdure|
|Le Verdure menu|
|Heirloom Tomato and Radish salad|
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**Mario's Eataly recipes