With 22 restaurants and food counters, a cooking school, a grocery store, a wine shop, a bookstore and more, Eataly is not for the faint of heart. The enormous megastore (63,000 square feet!), from Mario Batali, Joe Bastianich and Lidia Matticchio Bastianich, is pretty much an Italian food theme park—lines and all. So to help you make an Eataly game plan, we reviewed all 22 places to eat and drink. Since Baffo, the fine dining restaurant, is a totally different animal, we gave it a full starred review.
Before we get to the reviews, here are a few things to help navigate Eataly:
• La Carne, Il Pesce, Le Verdure, and La Pizza & La Pasta are standalone restaurants. If you’re dining out with a group, you’ll need to commit to one and check in at the host stand for a table or bar seat. However, at La Piazza, there are four restaurants: La Mozzarella, Il Crudo, I Salumi e Formaggi and Il Fritto. If you sit at any of those counters or get a standing table in the middle, you can order off all four menus from a server.
• For the other eateries, Il Panino, Il Gran Bar Lavazza, Nutella, Lait Gelateria Alpina, Il Gelato di Eataly, La Pasticceria, La Rosticceria, Il Cioccolato Venchi, Focaccia and Caffe Vergnano, you can either grab a spot at a communal table (there are some downstairs, near La Focacceria and in La Piazza), or take them to go.
• La Birreria, the brewery, has seating, and Vino Libero, the wine bar, has high tables, but you can also buy a drink there and wander around.
• Desserts are located on the first floor, while savory food (except Il Panino di Eataly) is upstairs. Since you can’t get dessert at the sit-down restaurants, you’ll need to head downstairs for a sweet treat.