A recent trip to New York City reminded me again of all I miss about Europe! Where 5th Avenue and Broadway merge at the corner of 22nd, Mario Battali's Eataly stands ready to embrace me in wonderfully fresh, handmade and beautifully presented food, products and experiences I've only enjoyed in London, Paris and Munich.
Inspiring like La Grand Epicerie Paris which is my must-stop, must-see, must-eat-there, and my beloved Dallmayr in Munich, Eataly is a short jaunt south of home! Where Eataly goes one step further and encourages me to explore, experiment and be served at a variety of restaurants within it's massive walls. It doesn't matter what time of day you wander in, there is a treat awaiting.
I hope this is a trend here on this side of the Atlantic, but it will take some time I'm afraid. As in politics we are in food... terribly split.