Last Thursday, the team behind Italian market Eataly opened the doors of its new location in N.Y.C.’s Financial District. Officially dubbed Eataly Downtown, the market’s debut was honored with a ceremonial ribbon cutting by chef Lidia Bastianich, one of Eataly’s esteemed partners (others include her son Joe Bastianich and Mario Batali).
Aside from quality Italian ingredients and a plethora of housemade goodies, visitors can expect bread. Lots of bread. In fact, bread is the theme of this Eataly outpost, which “is a symbol of community and connectivity around the world as well as a representation of Eataly’s commitment to wholesome, quality ingredients,” according to the press release. From an entire counter dedicated to sweet and savory focaccia to a specialty loaf dubbed Pane Mediterraneo made with a 35-year-old mother yeast, Eataly has you covered on the gluten front.
Equally enticing are La Pasta Fresca, a stall dedicated to pumping out fresh pasta all day long, and La Piadina dei Fratelli Maioli. A piadina is a traditional Italian sandwich made with buttery, grilled flatbread and a variety of fillings—try the Cesena, which includes porchetta, asiago cheese, tomatoes, romaine lettuce, and basil olive oil.
For those in search of a more leisurely meal, visitors can enjoy freshly made pizza at the bar of Rossopomodoro, which boasts two glitzy wood-burning ovens (shown above), or sit down for a bite at Osteria della Pace (below), a restaurant offering southern Italian dishes—think stuffed fried eggplant and grilled seafood—and some seriously stunning décor (where can we get that paint color?!).
Fortunately for the downtown working crowd (including your friends at InStyle), Eataly also offers a few solid breakfast options, like Caffé Lavazza, serving high-quality caffeinated beverages and pastries; Orto e Mare, which provides bleary-eyed breakfast eaters with myriad Italian and American morning staples, along with an outrageous view of downtown N.Y.C.; and a fresh juice bar.
For those who have time to spare, swing by Foodiversità, a free "food university” that provides folks of all ages with live demonstrations and tastings every day at noon, 1 p.m., and 6 p.m.
Eataly Downtown is open from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. ET, daily.