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Eataly Plans Monster Meal for 1st Birthday

On August 31, 2010 at 4 PM sharp, Mario Batali, Joe and Lidia Bastianich, and an army of chefs, salespeople, and check-out workers opened Eataly, the mega Italian food court and grocery store in the Flatiron. And things were never the same again.

To celebrate the occasion, the team is hosting a monster, and you can bet, pricey, dinner event. This August 31, seven groups of 40 people will pay $180 a head to participate in a "Dine Around" at the market's six restaurants (not including Birreria). On the night in question, all of Eataly's six restaurants will be closed to the general public in order to serve at least one dish and one glass of wine each to the 280 participants as they rotate from stall to stall. Spaghetti with sea urchin and caviar from the pasta station, Montauk swordfish from the fish station, and so on and so forth. So it will be a big, delicious, fun, communal meal or a potential crowded mess. Or, most likely, a little of both.

Get a reservation between 5 and 9:30 PM online or by calling 212-539-0204. The $180 price tag includes tax and gratuity. The menu is below.

Manzo Ristorante, Chef Michael Toscano
Mortadella Stuffed Suckling Pig on Crackling
Spicy Beef Shin with Stracciatella & Tomato Marmellata in Escarole
Watermelon & Basil Brodo with Villa Manodori Balsamic Taffy
Fontanafredda Contessa Rosa 2006, Piemonte

Le Verdure, Chefs Alex Pilas & Kiah Lotus
Minestra Estiva: Selection of Cooked and Raw Summer Vegetables in Tomato Water & Basil Oil
Borgogno Barolo 2004, Piemonte

La Pizza Rossopomodoro, Chef Francesco Montuori
La Stella: Focaccia with Cherry Tomato, Arugula, Shaved Parmigiano Reggiano, Fresh Basil & DOP Extra Vergine Olive Oil from Sorrento
Zamò Ribolla Gialla 2010, Friuli Venezia Giulia

La Pasta, Chefs Alex Pilas & Miguel Lopez
Homemade Fresh Spaghetti alla Chitarra with California Sea Urchin & Calvisius Caviar
Zamò Ribolla Gialla 2010, Friuli Venezia Giulia

Il Pesce, Chefs David Pasternack & Christian Goerner
Roasted “Filet Mignon” of Montauk Swordfish with Butter Beans & Organic Hudson Valley Corn
Bastianich Vespa Bianco 2008, Friuli Venezia Giulia

La Piazza, Chef Katia Delogu
Nord, Centro e Sud: Piemonte Tonda Gentile Hazelnut Mousse with Gianduia Chocolate
Ricotta Tortina with Chocolate Flakes
Fig Gelato Lollipop
Lavazza Coffee & Dessert Wine
· Celebrate Our First Birthday at the Eataly Dine Around [Eataly]
· All Eataly Coverage [~ENY~]


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