Right behind Rome’s Stazione Ostiense train station in the Testaccio neighborhood, lies a 170,000 square foot temple of food. This Pantheon of Pleasure houses Rome’s Eataly.
Eataly is a bit off the well-trodden tourist paths of Rome, which for me makes it that much better. There were NO tourists or English speakers noticeable throughout. It helps to know enough Italian to get your point across here, like when I ordered my rotisserie pork and potatoes! This simple meal was killer, with a side of potatos and a reasonably priced glass of really good Barolo wine (5 euro).
Below was some deliciously done polpette (meatballs).
I think that I already mentioned that Rome’s Eataly is enormous. Dwarfing the Flatiron, Manhattan location by comparison. There are multiple floors, racks of produce, pasta, and cheeses loom throughout.
There are four floors, each with a different speciality. Floor one was produce, gelato, coffee and other staples. Floor two was pasta, pizza, wines, cheeses and charcuterie and a brewery. The third floor contained butchers and seafood, and the fourth floor had classrooms, lounges, information, offices, and a high-end restaurant.
The hand rolled pastas were beautifully done works of art that would inspire anyone to purchase their own pasta maker.
Here are some images from the fishmonger and butcher. Fresh, handsome fish and meats stared back from the cases.
Check out the duck peeking out of the case. It doesn’t get much fresher than that.
To top the night off, I had to get a traditional pistachio gelato… Delicious. I highly recommend giving Rome’s Eataly a try if you want a unique experience away from the tourist hordes in Rome (or even NYC). Proof.
Eataly Roma Piazzale XII Ottobre 1492, Roma, Italy +39 06 9027 9201 · roma.eataly.it