I have now visited the new "Eataly" complex in Manhattan, across from the Flat Iron building and Madison Square Park. It is about a block and a half from where I often stay when here.
This is clearly going to be a vast and churning money machine.
I have been in the place several times, and at all hours the aisles and places to sit and eat have been jammed, even fairly late.
You can buy finished products for immediate consumption, such as ice cream, and slices of goodies, or glaces of wines with more goodies, and also packaged products and raw materials for cooking in your own kitchen.
I may need to go tomorrow and pick up some cockles and mussels for a set to in the rectory. Yum.
Working with salmon roe.
The fresh pasta looks quite good.
I will also be looking for squid ink.
There are banks and banks of dry pastas.
There is a very good meat counter.
And people enjoying one of the cafe/restaurants.
The produce looks stupendous.
I haven’t tried anything yet of the salumeria. The bread seems to be spectacular.
The wines are, from a glance, undistinguished but useful.
My impression of a great deal of the packaged goods and products is, how to say, "corporate". I haven’t seen them in my usual groceries in Rome. The whole place throbs with a "corporate" feel. I am guessing the organizers approached or were approached by various large food concerns (Barilla comes to mind) who packaged products for the enterprise. This doesn’t mean that it is of second quality, of course.
Put it this way. It is far to large and uniform to be anything like a real Italian market. However, this is New York City. Having the immediate availability of all these things nearby would be a great advantage.
I think the idea is this: you can sample myriad things and then also, on the spot, buy everything you would need to make it at home. This would be a great place to start getting familiar with Italian staples.
Also, this would be a great place to meet people. I wonder if a blognic would work here. Hmmm.
And it is HUGE, and filled with fascinating and fascinated people. It has a great feeling. You could have a lot of fun here.