Eataly is a chain of large space supermarkets that got its start in a former vermouth factory in Turin, Italy (which I’ve been to). They’ve expanded worldwide opening stores in North America in Chicago, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Boston and Toronto.
The first New York City store was opened in 2010 in the Toy Building on 5th Avenue in the Flatiron District of Manhattan and became an immediate success. A second store, Eataly Downtown was opened at 101 Liberty Street across from the Freedom Tower.
Periodically, at the Downtown location they host a food and wine festival and, after a year long hiatus, hosted the End of Summer Wine & Food Festa on September 17th. The Festa featured over 40 Italian wines that were paired with appetizer portions of food.
The Festa was held in the store with various stations of food and wine scattered around the store. This made for an experience that had you walking around the store to sample the various wines and food. This was much more fun experience than having everyone crammed into one room.
Some wines I sampled:
|2020 Firriato Etna Bianco||2018 Domenico Clericco Langhe Nebbiolo Capisme|
|2013 Cesani Merlot “Cellori”||2020 Marziano Abbona Roero Arneis “Tistin”|
|2020 Tornatore Etna Bianco||2019 Allegrini Valpolicella|
|2017 Allegrini La Grola||2018 Poggop al Tesoro Toscana Mediterra|
|2019 Tredeberri Barbera d’Alba||2014 Il Pavone Barolo|
|2016 Il Pavone Langhe Nebbiolo||2016 Il Pavone Barbera d’Alba Superiore|
|2016 Pasque Amarone della Valpoicella||2015 Villa Cafaggio Cortaccio Cabernet Sauvignon|
|2017 Castello d’Ama San Lorenzo||NV Il Mosnel Franciacorta|
|Chianti Classico Gran Selezione|
|Nodini Di Mozzarella E Pesto||Parmigiano Reggiano E Prosciutto|
|Focaccia Classica||Focaccia Rossa|
|Arancini||Bresaola E Rucola|
|Arista Di Maiale||Agnolotti Con Tartufo|
|Castagnole Con Gelato||Tiramisu Della Nonna|