If you have not heard the name Mario Batali in the past couple of months, then you have been in hiding, denial and also living under a rock..... and not a food rock one either. Amongst all his success with restaurants like  Del Posto, BABBO, and Lupa, he has added #15 to his list of accomplishments and has recently opened EATALY. Originally housed in Turin, Italy,  Eataly is a 50,000 square foot artisinal Italian food and wine complex that has now made its home in NYC.  I swear this is the mecca of all things this is the closest we are gonna get without traveling abroad to Italy itself.  

Everything is in this building starting from house ware; cookbooks and imported and domestic Italian products to a central wine bar, a cafe, and retail food counters. Thats not even including 4+ public restaurants(Meat, Fish/Seafood, Pizza/Pasta, Vegetable), a beer garden located on the roof, and the culinary educational center.

I had the chance to dine at one of the 4 restaurants inside EATALY, Manzo Ristorante. The italian steakhouse with seating at the marble topped bar and seating sectioned off for a more intimate dining atmosphere, showcases all things meat....even if its the brains, heart, and tongue.  My dining partner and I sat at the bar, had a glass of wine (Italian Prosecco Rose') and dined on the following:

Fried Quail 

Carpaccio of Tenderlion with Shaved Parmigiano, Lardo and Olio Toscano
Seared Lambs Heart, Sweet Onions, Yogurt, and Mint
Housemade Pasta with Meat Ragu
Fried Quail with Fagiolini and Piemontese Stuffed Peppers 
Crispy Polenta 
Tiramisu 2 ways 

Can I just state that I had a tough decision on whether to get the warm calf's tongue or the lamb heart as my appetizer. Im sooo glad I chose the lamb was amazing...maybe just maybe one of the best and well executed dishes I've eaten in a very long time. 

EATALY is truly a must have experience. Even if its just to grab some gelato or just walk around and shop, EATALY is and will be for a long time the hot venture in food. 

200 5th avenue  (at 23rd street) 
New York, N.Y. 10010 

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