This past week, DC was abuzz with Eataly rumors. An UrbanTurf article reported that the Italian mega-market had signed a letter of intent for space that would be part of the Capitol Crossing development around I-395 in Mt. Vernon Triangle.
Alas, these Eataly rumors – like so many before – were quickly squashed. An Eataly spokesperson told Eater that the company has DC on its radar, though no location or timeline was currently in place.
Though Eataly hasn’t come to DC (yet), you can still experience all of its goodness – and madness – a bus or a train ride away at Eataly New York.
Located in the Flatiron District, Eataly New York is a sprawling dedication to everything that makes Italian cuisine so great – fresh produce, pasta, meats, seafood, bread, coffee, gelato, pastries, oils, and so much more. You can purc
hase food to prepare yourself from the marketplace or you can order food at one of Eataly’s ten (!) restaurants and takeaway stations. The prices are a bit steep, but the quality is worth it.
If you come during peak hours, prepare to be overwhelmed not only by the choices, but by the sheer number of people. We recommend going early to get the full experience in a relatively calmer environment – it’ll allow you to see (and smell) everything Eataly has to offer and decide what you might want to pick up later.
If you’re on a budget and just want a little taste, we recommend the croissant made with olive oil from Caffè Lavazza near the entrance or a scoop of the Fior di Latte (sweet milk) gelato. Both are amazing and delicious – and if you’re tired of the crowds, you can enjoy them across the street at Madison Square Park.
Eataly is located at 200 5th Avenue in New York.