Another outing for a nosh and some drink. This time it was to the market-like multi-restaurant venue called Eataly in NYC. As an Eataly novice with no predetermined notion of what to expect, it took a quick verbal primer from a friendly waiter to help my friend and I get our bearings. Once that was accomplished, it was a fun adventure. And let me tell you, it was hoppin’ on a Friday night!
Our first stop was for an appetizer and wine in the produce-centric restaurant called La Verdure. Because it was so busy, we took the only open seats at the bar. The service was very friendly and helpful. After a quick conversation with our knowledgeable waiter, we decided to share a plate of lightly roasted veggies and farro salad called Verdure Alla Piastra. The dish was very good. Along with that I had the following wine.
Notes: First, let me say that they opened a new bottle for me, so mine was the first glass. And I didn’t let it sit and breathe before I dove in. For me, this was a very tasty medium-bodied red with a pleasant weight on the palate. In the glass I’d say this was dark ruby in color. It was pretty fruit-forward with what struck me as blackberry jam serving as the core accompanied by hints of spice and vanilla. It also had some good structure which will let is cellar a bit or give it the backbone to stand up to meat dishes. I recommend going ahead and popping the cork, because it is quite an enjoyable selection.