Opened in August 2010, Eataly, the brainchild of Mario Batali and the Bastianich's is located on 23rd and 5th.Modeled after a similar store in Turino, Italy, there has been major buzz about this Italian food mecca so I decided to stop by and check it out.
I quickly found out that it would be much less expensive to visit Italy than to shop at Eataly.
Upon entering on 23rd Street, I was immediately hit with gorgeous veggies.Not only was I hit with gorgeous vegetables, I was immediately shocked with how dang EXPENSIVE every single thing was!
The store is separated into different sections. Besides veggies, there was aisle after aisle of cheese.Followed by meats both fresh and cured.Fresh and dried pasta at prices that would make my Nonna (bless her soul) turn over in her grave.Beans and spices and chocolate and gelato.Mouthwatering breads.Samples of bread were offered so I knew I had better eat some as I would not be opening my wallet for anything inside Eataly.
There is also a section of kitchen items.Having been blessed to visit Italy several times, I didn't get the rush that some people might get from visiting Eataly. I found that most of the people inside were Italian tourists.
A rather rude man whom I assume was an employee although he wasn't wearing a name tag asked me why I was taking pictures of the prices. I told him that similar to when I am at the museum, I take pictures of the artwork and then the plaque next to the artwork so I know the name and artist of the piece. I couldn't quite understand him and vice versa as he did not speak English well. If he were Italian, I could've conversed with him more accurately. He was not.
There were many people taking photos. So I am not sure what he was thinking. Maybe he thought I would be opening my own Eataly. Not a chance.
I then spoke to a very nice customer service person who told me that the reason the prices were so high is because the producers are small. I much prefer supporting local producers than ones across the Atlantic.
Not that big inside or maybe it was the lines of people who were waiting for a tiny seat in a tiny section, to eat tiny, expensive fair, I couldn't wait to leave.
I proceeded to head to Whole Foods on 7th for a lovely prosciutto and mozarella pannini that was of course, reasonably priced.