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Day 1 - Eataly, Part 2 - 9/8/13

Il Pesce is a seafood counter bar.  Dave Pasternack is the executive chef and he is known for cooking fish.   You can enjoy his seafood here at Il Pesce (casual dinning) or at Esca (upscale dinning), his flagship restaurant.   Tonight we have reservation at Esca so we will not give Il Pesce a try. 


They also sell a lot of products from Italy for the house.


Eataly Market place.


Lots of fresh fruits.

All the produce are quality products by local farmers and it is also a nice way to support your local suppliers/farmers.

La Piazza is an enoteca (wine bar) with lots of charcuteries and wide range of cheese selection.


Cheese galore!

We decided to order some cold cuts/cheese and wine.  The people you see seating at the counter are eating pizza.

For cheese and wine they have these marble table but no chair to seat.-


Here you have a better view of the standing marble table.

Not sure why they did why they want people to stand while eating?

The menu at La Piazza.  We wanted to simple lunch so we ordered cold cuts and cheese.


Wine menu

Wine on display.

More wine and champagne on display


This is a really is cozy with a lively ambiance and I can definitely see why people are meeting here for a glass of wine while sampling a few appetizers.


We ordered a Grande piatto Misto di Salumi & Formaggio (large mix plate of Salumi and cheese)


Strike # 2... responding to e-mail during lunch time! 


After Lunch I told Hoa I would like to have a cup of coffee and some pastries and I remembered the coffee shop was located close to the entrance.

I had a tough time deciding what to order...

Pastry shop on the left and coffee shop on the right.

Caffè Vergnano.

Caffè Vergnano was founded over 130-years ago as a small grocer's shop in Chieri, a small town at the foot of the Torino hills in the region of Piemonte. It is still run by the Vergnano family and sources the highest quality coffee beans from around the world.

Italian version of a Baba au rum



I ordered a macchiati and Hoa ordered an espresso.  It is interesting to see how they make coffee in front of you.


Hoa enjoying a cup of espresso.


Their coffee is excellent.  Very strong, bold and fragrant.

The baba has a cream in the center with a very good rum flavor.

They must make a killing as there are always people lining up...

Hoa and I we really love Eataly and we were glad to spend a few hours in there.

Eataly is cavernous and you find all things Italian. You can buy your vegetables at their produce market, sip a glass a wine, wait for your friends for lunch or dinner there.  It is such a fun place . There's also a full-service pizza, a pasta restaurant, a raw bar and fish eatery, and a wine bar by the glass and beers on tap.  Gourmet Italian chocolates, coffees, gelato, and pastries are all delicious to take away.  Nothing in here is cheap but still it is fun to just look around.  I will definitely recommend this place.

Next.. Dinner at Esca



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