It’s Eataly Week!
In the last few months, we went to Eataly twice, for two different occasions.
The first was Oktoberfest, which we got exclusive tickets for from Gilt City. The package included a meet and greet with Joe Bastianich, a tour of the brewing facilities with brewmaster Brooks Carretta, a brief lesson on brewing, a reception with communal antipasti and beer, a seated family-style Oktoberfest supper with Italian Alpine fare and beer pairings, and a six-pack of beer for each guest to take home.
The brewery at Eataly is a small room where they put together some very different microbrews. The brewmaster, Brooks, was very informative not only about the brewing process, but also about what makes the Eataly microbrews unique and talked about what new batches were coming up.
We tried a few beers, and very much enjoyed them. The Thyme beer was especially delicious.
Then Joe Bastianich came in and welcomed us to Eataly/Birreria and basically told us to have a good time.
We sat back down and started chowing down on some great Oktoberfest items. We especially enjoyed the whole roasted maitake mushrooms, pecorino, sardo creme, and roasted brussels sprouts. Awesome.
Then a few weeks later… we were back. My sister has recently expanded her food horizons. She was the kid that ate chicken nuggets and Kraft macaroni and cheese growing up. The idea of a mushroom, sausage, or basically anything with unique flavor was repulsive to her. So when I found out that she was opening up her food spectrum, I was quick to suggest Birreria as a great place to try some new things.
We started with the charcuterie and… gasp… Stacey ate meats. CURED meats! I was shocked.
We ordered the maitake mushrooms again, because they were so good the last time.
And we got the fried shiitake mushrooms with sage. I LOVE these mushrooms. They are incredibly delicious.
We also ordered the the pork shoulder which is made with beer and apricot. It was tender and just plain delicious.
We ended with the bisteca con salsa verde, which was a skirt steak with salsify, green onion, and salsa verde. It had great char on it, which a touch of salt that just made it stand out.
I love Eataly. And I really love Birreria. I haven’t had a bad bite there, and everyone that has been there with me has really enjoyed it. Plus… it’s the first place I saw my picky little sister eat a mushroom. A true game changer.
Total Nom Points: 7.5 out of 10