Eataly

800 Boylston St
Boston, MA 02199

It’s finally here! The Prudential Center is now home to the United States’ fourth Eataly (two are in NYC, and one is in Chicago). Opened by superstar Mario Batali, Eataly can be best described as a gigantic department store for Italian food and drink. I got the chance to sneak a peek at some of Eataly’s offerings during their opening day — hope you enjoy the pictures!

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Want fresh pasta? Head over to the pasta counter. Want a crepe? Go downstairs to Creperia Italiana. Want cheese? There’s a counter for that too.

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The theme of Boston’s Eataly is the “sea,” and so they’re beckoning for you to come “sea” what they’re all about with Il Pesce, the seafood restaurant in the middle of the area. Below, we have a sampling of the pasta dish, Vesuvio alla Puntanesca, which was an afeltra gregnano vesuvio pasta served with swordfish, olives, capers, and tomato. Perfectly al dente, I can’t wait to try the other pastas on their menu.

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There were also delicious samples of arancini (delectably fried balls of risotto and mushrooms) and slices of margherita pizza with oozy, creamy mozzarella.

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Focaccia station served up slices of olive oil-infused squares of yum.

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There’s a bunch of stuff on sale, too! A large produce aisle, jars on jars of olives, and tons of dried pasta are among those pictured below.

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The wine cellar has rows on rows of wine — and there’s even a moving ladder to help you reach the top!

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Other stations include La Rosticceria (a rotisserie counter), Piatto Unico (create your own bowl), La Pescheria (a seafood counter), an adorable cannoli cart, and even a juice bar.

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The desserts were also incredible, with the little samplings of tiramisu and the beautiful displays of single serving sweets and entire cakes.

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Last but not least, I have to mention La Scoula, Eataly’s cooking school that is tucked away in the corner. My new fellow blogger friend, Jenny from Chocolate and Lace, and I were greeted by these beautiful piles of fresh pasta, and we then had a quick lesson on how to make egg pasta.

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Moral of the story? There’s a lot to see (and eat!) at Eataly. It’s an exciting addition to the city of Boston, and I’m looking forward to exploring it more in the near future.

 

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