Nicola Farinetti, Mario Batali, Lidia and Joe Bastianich, and the rest of Team Eataly opened the doors of their new Financial District Italian megamarket today. The theme here is bread. Guests are greeted with a display featuring breads from all over the world, spanning well beyond Eataly’s Italian roots. Each month, Eataly Downtown, as it's called, will invite guest bakers to highlight a different bread in the bakery, and all of the breads will be baked on site. In addition to homemade breads, the bakery will also offer a variety of sweet and savory focaccias, and Roman-style pizza alla pala.
Osteria della Pace — Eataly Downtown’s full-service sit-down restaurant — is inspired by the cooking of Southern Italy. Options here include cavatelli with spicy octopus and tomatoes; burrata with yellow pepper purée and almonds; and grilled squid with panzanella and vegetables. A more casual cafe area called Orto e Mare is the first Eataly restaurant to offer breakfast, with options like scrambled eggs with rosemary potatoes, and a crab and leek frittata. Like the Flatiron complex, Eataly Downtown features an impressive marketplace with sections dedicated to cheese, cured meats, and fresh pasta. Thousands of imported products including fresh truffles and balsamic vinegar from Modena, Italy are available, too.
Eataly Downtown is located on the third level of Tower 4 at the World Trade Center (101 Liberty Street); a retail entrance is situated between Greenwich and Church streets. Starting tomorrow, Eataly Downtown will be open from 7:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. daily. Check out the space below, and some of the menus. If you happen to stop by, let us know what you think.