Sunday, May 6, 2012

Eataly's "La Pizza & La Pasta" for Some Amazing Pasta Dishes!!

If you read the title notice that I only underlined that the pasta was great...and for sure it was (more on the pizza later).  If you love pasta and find yourself in Eataly you must stop by and have a meal here.  Reviews say that weekends can be crazy, so we stopped by here for a family meal on a weeknight and just had a minimal wait.  "La Pizza & La Pasta" is one of Eataly's more reasonably priced restaurants, as practically everything in the store is VERY expensive.

To start we ordered the anipasti misto, a selection of four appetizers with I believe some items that rotate on a regular basis.  That night there they had olives, an amazing shaved Brussels Sprout with Parmesan salad, roasted peppers, and I believe pickled salsify.

The salumi misti was also excellent and features four varieties of cured meats.

I had very high expectations for the pizza here and was sadly let down.  We ordered the "Verduretta", which  had eggplant, zucchini, peppers, parmigiano reggiano, mozzarella, tomato sauce, and basil.  The toppings here were all excellent, and the crust around the edges was good, but the middle of the pizza was VERY soft and seemed soggy.  

But by far the highlight of the meal was the excellent pasta here.  All the pasta dishes were under $20, and the Cacio the Peppe, pictured here, was simply prepared with al dente spaghetti, with black pepper and a copius amount of cheese.  It was perfectly cooked and just tasted awesome.

The other pasta dish, which used a homemade pasta, with homemade cured tuna and a rich tomato sauce,
was also amazing.  The tuna has really permeated the sauce and pasta, and with every bite the tuna flavors really come through....sooooo sooooo good!

200th 5th Ave (Flatiron District)
(by 23rd st)
New York, NY 10010

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