Owners: Mario Batali, Oscar Farinetti, Joe Bastianich, and Lidia Matticchio Bastianich
Chefs: Mario Batali, Nancy Silverton, Dave Pasternak
The Buzz: Step inside Eataly, the largest artisanal Italian food and wine marketplace in the world, and be whisked away to food heaven. This 50,000 square-foot space in New York City’s bustling Flatiron District—a U.S. spin on the original Eataly mega-market in Turin, Italy—has been transformed by celebrity chef Mario Batali and restaurant investors Joe and Lidia Bastianich into an orgy of Italian delicacies, including a market for imported Italian food and wine, a culinary educational, center, and, last but not least, a diverse array of boutique Italian restaurants. There’s Neapolitan-style pizza courtesy of Rossopomodoro at Pizza & Pasta, offering 16 different pizzas, from a $9 marinara pie to the $20 frutti di mare special pizza, adorned with mussels, clams, calamari, shrimp, garlic, cherry tomatoes, and ligurian olive oil; fresh fish from fish guru Dave Pasternack at Il Pesce; top quality Salumi & Formaggi at the marble-decorated
enoteca La Piazza. Be warned: Most of the restaurants don’t take reservations, and the waits are daunting (giving patrons time and an excuse to shop the market).