Saturday, August 16, 2014

Eataly Pizza

Since opening last December, I've visited Eataly several times for gelato, coffee, wine and cheese, and beer. Whenever I walked past the SE corner of the second floor where the pizzeria is located, I would drool as I'd pass by the diners enjoying their Neapolitan brick-oven pizza.  After watching a matinee at the AMC nearby (which was recently-renovated and now features very comfortable sofa reclining seats) my buddy Judie and I made a beeline for pizza at Eataly.  We waited in a short line at the check-in counter and were told it would be a 20-30 minute wait for a table for two.  I was pretty hungry and didn't want to roam around and be suckered in to buying anything else (such as a glass of wine) while I waited, so I asked if there was seating available at the bar.  The bar at the pasta station had two seats readily available for us and we were able to order our pizza!  It actually worked out better sitting at the bar, away from the gawking foot traffic of other Eataly patrons.  We shared a massese, which had mozzarella, tomato sauce, basil, spicy salami and evoo.  It came out very quickly, perhaps within five minutes of placing our order.  However, it wasn't as great as I had anticipated; I like the brick oven pizza at Spacca Napoli, Bar Toma, and even Crocodile better.
Afterwards we headed downstairs for some gelato.  It was a slow-moving line, but I finally got my hand wrapped around a coffee soft serve gelato cone.  Next time I think I will try the sweet milk soft serve.