Come explore with me the new Eataly Boston, a culinary world of all things Italy that will leave you wanting to book a trip to the motherland as soon as you step inside!
Boston was already a pretty amazing city and honestly, the only thing that it needed to make it pure perfection was this: Eataly Boston. Now, can we all just agree that Boston is the greatest city in America? Ok, good. Italy Boston is the newest location of the brand, who has Eataly stores all over the world and the USA, making it a recognized brand in the culinary world.
This Eataly, located in the Prudential Center, features four restaurants, two cafes, three bars, ten eateries, and over 10,000 items for sale in a 45,000-square-foot gourmet marketplace. It is a food lovers dream come true, if I say so myself.
The three restaurants: La Pizza e La Pasta (pizza and pasta), La Piazza (charcuterie and cheese plates, wine by the glass), and Il Pesce (sustainable seafood). A couple of my girlfriends and I had a chance to grab a seat at La Piazza, located in the smack center of Eataly. The menu is quite extensive but we focused on what we really craved: fresh mozzarella (seen below), cured meats platter that was divine, and a taste of their fresh pasta. This is how I like to eat, my friends. A little of this, a slice of that – everything was divine and delicious. p.s. Thanks to my friend Dustin, one of the beverage managers at Eataly, for the lovely glass of rose!
Let’s be real – that same day, I stopped into Eataly Boston twice. Once with the girls like I recounted above, and another time with my husband who was also traveling with me. Together, we decided to try out the La Pizza e La Pasta eatery and sat at the bar. It was around 2pm and the place was very much so packed – so those bar seats were heaven sent. Per usual, my husband ordered the pizza and I ordered the pasta – more specifically, he got a spicy fra diavola pizza with incredible spicy sausage and I obviously needed to try their tagliatelle a la bolognese. This girl can’t ignore a meat sauce! Both were amazing and served in a bustling busy bar, were we also had Peroni beer and a gorgeous wine I can’t remember the name of.
Not only is Eataly packed to the brim with incredible products, as withe every Eataly, but it also has a theme and Boston’s theme is seafood. To help the market on its way, superstar chefs like Barbara Lynch, local to the Boston food scene, are on call. USA partners Mario Batali, and Lidia and Joe Bastianich will also be on hand.
Walking around this emporium, a menu starts building in your head. Everything is so pristine, of the fresh quality, and ready for you to take home, whether it’s a wedge of cheese, a couple slices of prosciutto, or an entire rack of lamb, they have it. Walking around markets is such a creative activity, just don’t don’t it if you haven’t eaten – you’ll be starving by the end of it!
Now, the reason my husband and I were the most excited about walking around Eataly Boston? It got is in the mood and spirit to explore Italy in two months! Yes, last year I spontaneously booked us round trip tickets to Europe and for the past couple of weeks we have been planning a 26 day trek through France, Germany, Switzerland, all culminating in Italy. We’ll be visiting Bologna, Florence, and Rome, so if you have any suggestions, please leave a comment below!
Oh and let’s not forget the wine selection at Eataly Boston, with over 1,200 wine labels and millions of dollars worth, there’s something for everyone. And even though we don’t live in Boston, we make sure to include it in our travel itineraries whenever we can. Another great thing I haven’t mentioned is the location – located in the Prudential Center, which means it’s right next door to my favorite hotel, the Sheraton Boston Hotel.
Staying at the Sheraton Boston Hotel is the way to go if you’re visiting Eataly Boston – you don’t even have to leave the hotel since it’s connected to the Prudential Center. Just go through the second floor and you can walk to Eataly in under 4 minutes.
Another perk is that if you buy any perishables like cheese and charcuterie at Eataly Boston (maybe for a picnic in the park during the summer or in bed during the winter), you can quickly bring back to your hotel room to chill in the mini-fridge while you continue to shop!
If you’re planning any travel into Boston this season, make sure Eataly Boston and a stay at the Sheraton Boston Hotel are on your list. And check out my Visiting Boston in the Fall post, which also works well during the winter.