Have you ever been to Italy? Oops wait - I mean Eataly! Eataly finally arrived to the Prudential Center a few months ago and I had been dying to try it. Two others exist in New York and Chicago already. We went on a Friday afternoon - I highly recommend going on a weekday if possible in order to avoid the crazy weekend crowds. Maybe you can sneak out of work early or even take the day off!? It’s worth it!
So what is it you may ask? Eataly is a massive food market and dining experience. They have every type of pasta, meat, cheese, seafood, wine, cooking ingredients, cooking utensils - you name it, they have it! There are also several restaurants inside featuring pasta, seafood, pizza and more.
Mama Loves Her Pasta
We chose the restaurant featuring pasta as we were having pizza that night for dinner. Squeezed in at a small high top table and eager to begin this eating extravaganzaaa we started out with a charcuterie board complete with salami, ham, bologna, prosciutto, mortadella, soppressata and accompanied by gorgonzola, goat cheese, parmigiano reggiano and taleggio and narragansett creamy crescendo, which was super light and spreadable - almost like a brie.
We then moved on to the ravioli which was filled with ricotta and pecorino romano and mixed with olive oil and cracked pepper and topped with spring peas. It was so smooth and flavorful, not creamy and a damn shame I had to share it with my mother and sister. I loved the light crunch of the spring peas with the velvety-ness of the raviolis. More raviolis should be prepared this way.
Next came the roasted beets - I have been so into beets lately. My grandma used to make us eat them as kids and I always dreaded them and her rule that you had to try everything on your plate. Now anytime I see beets on a menu I have to order them. They are packed with flavor, color, are very healthy and act as a great side dish or appetizer for any type of meal. These beets were topped with a honey ginger vinaigrette and were perfect for sharing.
We finished off the meal with rice croquettes that were loaded with housemade mozzarella and a spicy tomato sauce then deep fried.
To pair with our meal we chose Mole Cola - have you ever heard of such a thing?! It’s an Italian soda that tastes a lot like Coca Cola. There is no Diet option though, so it was packed with sugar. It was very tasty and gave me that caffeine boost that I needed for an afternoon of shopping and manicures.
I would highly recommend going to Eataly with friends or family. It’s like taking a quick getaway trip to Italy, if only for a few hours.