La Pizza & La Pasta @ Eataly
LIFE is Too Short Not to EAT WELL
A trip to NYC would not be complete without a stop at Eataly-Batali’s new-ish Italian marketplace scattered with a few mini-restaurants. At the end of a very long day, we decided to chill out and unwind at La Pizza/La Pasta. This particular restaurant is tucked away right behind the pasta section, providing a little bit more peace and quiet for those who are turned off by the crowds here. While it does get pretty busy and touristy, I still adore this place as well as their philosophy: “Life is too short not to eat well.” I love browsing through all the isles of specialty foods, admiring their fresh seafood section and charcuterie…and of course their huge selection of fresh mushrooms!
We ordered a Neapolitan-style pizza to get things started. Choosing the Salsicciotta, we couldn’t wait to see how the smoked provola cheese would go with the Neapolitan sausage, mushrooms, and fresh basil. While not being the biggest fan of the pizza at Otto, I wasn’t sure what to really expect here but the smokiness of the cheese went superbly well with the sausage. And while the crust was not perfectly thin and crispy, it wasn’t at all doughy or chewy and overall we were extremely pleased with it.
We also wanted to try out the pasta and went with the Pasta al Forno-al Ragu- a simple and traditional lasagne with Italian Ragu. While I wished there was a tiny bit more sauce on the noodles here, the pasta was cooked al dente and the dish was seasoned nicely and solidly done. Probably not the most memorable meal, but this was comfort food at its best.
While this time we didn’t visit the gelateria, the gelato here is some of the best and is definitely worth a try! They also just opened a rooftop beer garden that would definitely be on my list of things to check out.
One of the highlights—the [expensive but impressive] mushroom section!!