One of the things I love about working at Mr. Food is that I’m constantly surrounded by – you guessed it – food! I love to eat as much as I love to cook, and when I travel it’s no surprise that I’m always about the food.
When I’m planning a trip, one of the first things I’m looking at is where I’d like to eat. I love to research other cities and learn about their secret places. My favorites are usually the small “Mom & Pop” shops that only locals know about, but my recent trip to New York City offered an exception to that rule.
What was the exception? Eataly! It’s certainly no “Mom & Pop” shop – it’s actually quite the opposite. It is a huge (40,000 square feet!) Italian market and food emporium. It’s kind of like a big artisanal supermarket, with lots of restaurants. Some are sit-down restaurants, though my favorite part was the big open area in the center of the place where you could walk around to several different themed areas: meat and cheese (this one was my favorite!), seafood, and a vegetarian-friendly section. Although you can sit at a bar for any of these, most of it involves standing at communal tables — which makes the whole experience pretty unique.