Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Going to Eataly

I love Italy. I have been to Italy so often, one would have thought that I had Italian roots (far from it, I'm of Asian descent)...I fell in love with the country & it's language. For years, it was a nonstop love affair with Italy from Bellagio & Lake Como to Venice, Florence & Naples. I came back from my first visit & attempted to learn Italian. There was the year that I decided to travel to Ravenna and planned on coming back with a new career as a mosaic artist (still love mosaics, but hate the craft). That was also the year, I studied Italian for two weeks in Siena and still only speak rudimentary Italian enough to get by. There was the time some friends & I rented a seriously haunted villa in Lucca- ghostly piano playing at night & traversing the Tuscan countryside by day....And the time that flights to Rome were so cheap, I convinced my dad to pull my sister out of school so that I could take her...I am years overdue for a trip back to Italy.

In the meantime, I make due & peruse old pictures and of course, head to Eataly- the mega-market/eatery Italian food mecca....

This pic is of Assisi:
As one can see from the sign- Italy is Eataly...
This place is filled with gorgeous produce...



And even a Vegetable Butcher- for the New Yorker who couldn't possibly prep their own veggies....
Bottled Italian water con gas & senza gas & soda galore...
An Italian dessert bar...
Aisles filled with Italian torrone candy (no vegan, but I used to love this stuff)....
Jars of jams & preserved fruits...

Walls of Italian candy in super cute packaging....


Fresh pasta....
Dried pasta for miles...
Pesto & tapenade for days...
Freshly baked bread....
And even a restaurant where they only serve vegetables! (they also have other separately sectioned restaurants for pizza, seafood, meat, etc) Haven't eaten there yet, but there are a few vegan options....
Eataly is 50,000 square feet & stuffed with people & products & sights & smells- most of them not vegan sadly...like the giant ham hocks that hang in the wine & cheese eatery or the live lobster tank in the seafood restaurant...boo, but will be back to check out the veggies for sure.

This was my small stash takeaway- it can be quite overwhelming doing any shopping there- picked up some pasta, Balsamic, chocolate, candy, olives & some antipasti.

The olives were cured with citrus & basil & just tasted bright & yummy:
Sundried tomatoes, artichokes & capers:


And my American-Italian Fcat made the most delicious sauteed garlic with fried, crispy basil- so amazing on crusty bread:
And this was Fcat's Italian masterpiece- the best Italian food is simple & fresh, but big on flavor and this definitely delivered on all. This simple little plate of pasta was simply amazing.
Fcat veganized this recipe here which is adapted from Scott Conant of NYC's Scarpetta.
Viva Italia!

5 comments:

jesse.anne.o said...

I am Italian and miss torrone like no one's business. I literally stood in that aisle and stared, then furtively poked around for ingredients lists before finally giving up!

Your shopping spoils look delicious.

JL Goes Vegan said...

Wow, after the first couple of paragraphs I had to shake my head and remind myself I was not in Italy! What wonderful memories! I've only been a few times, Rome (pre-vegan), and fell in love immediately. I have not yet been to Eataly! I'm afraid I'll be overwhelmed! LOL

VeggieGirl said...

Viva Italia, indeed!! I must try Eataly when I return to NYC :)

FrankandMary said...

At least you don't say EYE talian.
My dad was born in Bologna & I have a great affinity....but this blog makes me so damn hungry.
~Mary

SaraJane said...

I think I could spend a million dollars on food in Italy. I've always wanted to go and now I want to go even more!

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