Brasato di miale panino $15
Between two pieces of thick, fluffy, warm Italian bread was a generous helping of tasty braised pork. Marinated in apricot, the tender meat had a delicious sweet kick. Crunchy shreds of tart, pickled red cabbage. Served with a big handful of arugula and a bowl of halved heirloom potatoes.
Pollo con pesto di olive verdi $17
Surprisingly simple, tender, buttery chicken with a small spoonful of fresh pesto. The buttery and tender meat was served with the crisp, salty skin. Plated with more arugula. Perhaps a bit too basic for my tastes but very healthy.
On top of Mario Batali’s pantheon of Italian food is a large, airy (if covered) terrace. Known as the Birreria, this section of sprawling Eataly is a nice place to escape and enjoy a little bit of outdoor space. There are many beers on tap, all of which looked tasty. The food seemed good enough: nothing particularly special but perhaps that’s because we didn’t order anything extremely adventurous. There are also a plethora of smaller, more specialized eateries on the ground floor.
200 5th Ave.