Anxious to see if the Michelin quality fish that emerged from my kitchen courtesy of the Eataly fishmonger was a fluke, I returned to Eataly Saturday afternoon to pick up more fish. I was expecting the worst on the Saturday after Thanksgiving and walked over to the Mall to avoid the parking lot.
Perhaps everyone is out of town, but I was surprised that Eataly was not totally crazy. Didn’t see any dogs (is Eataly cracking down or are all the emotional support dogs home giving emotional support to their owners who are already catatonic with the the holiday blues?) and no strollers. Shopping was actually rather pleasant with the sole exception that I searched and searched and finally found the Italian syrups, all blocked by people waiting to eat at the focaccia station. They should really relocate all the products to locations in the store where they will not be blocked by people waiting in line.
Picked up wild black cod, purple cauliflower (happy because my local supermarkets don’t usually stock that) and dried garlic chips. Never previously seen the latter product – it comes in a glass jar with a grinder and then you can buy refills.
Was happy to be able to exit the store on the main floor, rather than having to fight my way downstairs, but they are still not letting people enter on the main floor.
Long line as always for the gelato. Finally tried the gelato a few days ago. Hesitant to comment on it because the flavor I got – Strauss Creamery – just tasted really funky to me. Maybe the other flavors are better. They were offering samples, but there was a long line and so it felt churlish to sample with people waiting, but if I had sampled the Strauss Creamery I would have definitely picked something else. I noticed that in a corner of the main store, they have a small freezer with Nancy Silverton’s ice cream called Nancy’s Fancy for those who might be interested in trying that.