Lunch at Le Verdure, Eataly’s vegetable restaurant, and a shopping trip to Pearl River Mart in Chinatown.
I finally made it to pasta heaven!
But of course, Abe and I were most interested in the veggies at Eataly
I’ve been wanting to come here since I first heard about its opening last August. If you haven’t heard of this place, just google it and you’ll find a slew of articles, blog posts, reviews, and even videos. Essentially, this is the 50,000 square foot brainchild of Mario Batali, Oscar Farinetti, and Joe + Lidia Bastianich. A place to fully experience the flavors of Italy right in Manhattan, near the Flatiron Building.
Aside from all the shopping options above, there are many places to sit and eat, all specialized. From pizza…
Abe and I went to Le Verdure, Eataly’s vegetable restaurant
I was shocked that at noon on a Thursday, there wasn’t a wait! We were quickly seated at a table for two and served pieces of thick and chewy, neatly wrapped bread. Which I promptly sunk my teeth into.
Then they brought us more! And I slipped it into my purse.
Plenty more dough to be eaten – 2 grilled slices arrived (rubbed with garlic) along with my lunch. I let Abe have one.
Soup of the Day (Fagioli with Farro). Ordered with the parm cheese on the side – didn’t wind up using any; my tummy’s still feeling sensitive from the Vicodin incident.
Abe got his own Farro action too, in the Verdure All Piastra
He fixed me a plate of about 1/3 of these – simply cooked and bursting with flavor n freshness
Incredible! Like tasting veggies for the first time – and it was definitely my initial experience with fiddlehead ferns
The soup was wonderful as well. I probably shouldn’t have eaten the whole bowl, because now I’m not hungry at all for our early dinner. But I couldn’t help myself!
Outside, the rain came down. Almost everyone was covered, including this guy with his ruffly parasol:
We did a little shopping in Soho, stopping in one of my favorite stores to use the bathrooms:
Pearl River Mart, how I miss thee!
It’s KINDA like Eataly…just a little less big. And not as fancy. (Nor Italian.)
Time to get ready for the Surrogate Valentine premiere at BAM!