I love Eataly, the bustling Italian marketplace located across the Flatiron. The last time we ended up there was for pizza, at their restaurant La Pizza & La Pasta. We went early enough, right before they opened for service, to get a table as this place can be crazy.
I like this place: low key, you definitely go there more for the food than for the decor. Menu wise, we were more focused on the pizza than the pasta, although I eyed the linguine con vongole, my favorite. We decided to order two pizzas:
The quattro formaggi or four cheese pizza, made with mozzarella, gorgonzola, parmigiano reggiano and pecorino romano (there is no tomato sauce):
The second one was the calzone, made with ricotta, mozzarella, tomato sauce and prosciutto cotto:
The quattro formaggi was delicious, perfect for cheese lovers as they are generous with the quantity of cheese they put on top. I also loved the crust that was thin in the center and puffed up on the outside, with a nice char and crunchiness. I retrieved these characteristics with the calzone that was different from the one I am used to and was in fact my favorite. I loved the fact that they put some tomato sauce on the outside and the ricotta definitely tamed down the saltiness of the prosciutto. This is really a dish I recommend.
I should mention that, similar to the other restaurants at Eataly, they brought us some bread and olive oil at the beginning of the meal: bad idea as I could not stop eating it...
Although it is a bit pricey, Eataly is a great spot to eat, as well as to find some Italian products or some freshly made ingredients (their bread is fantastic and their fresh pasta divine). So, do not ask me if I would go back: you know I will!
Enjoy (I did)!
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