Have you been to Eataly, the new Mario Batali restaurant on 23rd street in Manhattan? If you haven't been yet you are missing out on trip to Italy via New York public transportation. The space is beautiful and packed with tangible Italian experiences. I highly recommend it!
In Italy, the highest quality produce is generally found in small specialty shops, fruit and vegetables at the "frutteria", meat at the "macelleria", cheese and pasta at the "alimentari". However, in January 2007, a brand new way of shopping was born in Turin, concieved by entrepreneur Oscar Farinetti which combines the highly specialized nature and high quality of products found in Italian shops, with the concept of the shopping mall.
Rome's Eataly was constructed two years ago in the Air Terminal in Ostiense. Today, the long abandoned building has been transformed into a food lover's paradise, boasting four floors of restaurants, cafes, and store after store with fish, fresh vegetables, cheese, chocolate, and olive oil, as well as specialized beauty products such as perfumes and soap.
Eataly also features a "mozzarella show" by Roberto Battaglia, who creates mozzarella with buffalo milk in the strictly traditional manner of Caserta for all to see. Similarly, homemade pasta is made constantly in the pasta restaurant in plain view of shoppers.
Continuano da Eataly Roma gli incontri con Stefano Bonilli ispirati al “Romanzo popolare d’alta cucina italiana”. Questa sera, Lunedì 3 Dicembre, sarà ospite un nome più che eccellente dell’alta cucina italiana.
Artist Jennifer Rubell uses food as her canvas to create culinary concoctions carved straight out of a hedonist's dream. With a near demented sensuality, her installations, for example at the Brooklyn Museum and Simon de Pury's wedding, combine an appreciation for the rustic with a knack for the avant-garde: unctuous meats, glittering displays, an exact chocolate replica of Jeff Koons' rabbit sculpture, all to extravagant, delicious effect.
Rubell's penchant for the lush life has her positioned next to prime players in the industry, like Mario Batali as the vegetable butcher at his grandiloquent Eataly. We speak to the daughter of collectors Don and Mira Rubell on location at her home and at Eataly in New York to learn just what drives her voracious appetite.