Eataly is an italian grocery store, where you can also sit down and enjoy the food prepared. It's a foodie's paradise with an abundance of cheese, charcuterie, pasta, pizza, seafood, rotisserie, bread, coffee and pastries. It's all a la carte so you just order what you like in the area you are in, enjoy it then move on.
We were there with our friends Mark, Michelle, Angela, Barb and Ben. We started with wine, a charcuterie platter and some olives. Michelle, who is Italian, said this was exactly how her Nona would serve their food in the old country.
I also ordered Razor Clams because I've never seen them before and had to try them. Very spicy, but the flavour was pleasing. Soon after our table came up in the highly coveted Pizza and Pasta area so we settled up our tabs and moved onto the next course.
The pasta flavors were subtle but delicious no less. I had the squid ink pasta - which tasted very inky!! and sampled the others. John's lasagna won me over, but it wasn't the best lasagna I've had.
I'm not sure if I'm the only one but I love walking down exotic food aisles, checking out the foreign ingredients beautifully canned and preserved for your later enjoyment. There must have been atleast 40 types of pasta alone and don't get me started on the entire aisle dedicated to olive oil.
We rolled out of Eataly on the cusp of carb coma but satisfied.