A vast new Italian marketplace with specialist restaurants and food counters brings a slice of la dolce vita to Boston
Eataly's cheese and deli counter
Boston's building boom has been capturing the attention of residents and visitors for the past few years, from the Millennium Tower in Downtown Crossing to the luxury residences in the Seaport District, but none more so than the opening of the 45,000-square-foot Eataly in the Back Bay neighbourhood. The three-floor Italian marketplace, which is backed by world-renowned chef Mario Batali and restaurateur couple Joe and Lidia Bastianich, has now opened in the new Prudential Center tower. Mandarin Oriental, Boston, on smart Boylston Street and with luxury shopping on its doorstep, is only a two-minute walk from Eataly. In fact, its link to the Center means guests won't even have to step outside.
Sample Italian wines
Inside Eataly there are several casual restaurants: La Pizza & La Pasta (think fresh gnocchi and tagliatelle), La Piazza (the menu has a section dedicated to arancini), and seafood-focused Il Pesce, which is a collaboration with legendary Boston chef Barbara Lynch, of B&G Oysters fame. Seating is also scattered throughout the different floors, so you can enjoy a tiramisu here or take it back to your room. Tired from a day of shopping at nearby Gucci, Tesla, or Ralph Lauren? Pop in for a much-needed caffeine jolt at the Eataly's Lavazza coffee bar. For the hungry, three wood-burning ovens churn out fresh pizzas-to-go, and if you want to create your own picnic, stop by the homemade mozzarella station, the pasta counter, or the pastry 'lab'.
Produce from Eataly's marketplace
Taking its cue from the dozens of other Eataly locations around the globe (the first outpost opened in Turin almost a decade ago), you'll also find a bakery, butcher, fishmonger, and counters to pick up salumi and formaggi. Shop from some 10,000 products, including imported items such as Italian candy, hazelnut spread, and honey. 'The team carefully select the best local and Italian products,' says Dino Borri, Eataly USA's Vice President of Purchasing. 'We meet the producers, listen to their stories on visits to their facilities, develop relationships and support them. All the food that is on the shelves of the Eataly Boston marketplace and served in the restaurants is what I would feed my family.'
Trofie al Pesto
The sweetest news of all? Gone are the days of travelling to the Italian North End neighbourhood for authentic Sicilian cannoli. Now, the delicious dessert can be found at Eataly's very own Cannoli Cart.