Eataly Boston offers one of the most unique and delicious food experiences in the city. But roaming the floors and navigating all of its offerings can be overwhelming for first-time visitors. It's a piece of cake if you follow these three easy tips.
Take a lap and absorb your surroundings. There are coffee, pastries, prepared foods, and Italian meats and cheese for miles. There’s also an enormous selection of groceries, many of which are imports from Italy.
Talk to the employees at Eataly Boston. You're bound to have questions, and if you do, rest assured that the employees at Eataly Boston can help. They're the experts of their surroundings, so take advantage of their knowledge and learn something new.
Consider going with a plan. You don’t need an official plan, but a general idea of why you’re going can help. Are you picking up groceries? Going out to eat? Perhaps you’re looking to stroll the halls and immerse yourself in a little Italian for the afternoon? The culture at Eataly Boston supports all of these ideas, which begs us to ask: why not go and get the best of all the worlds?
Grab plenty of ‘snack-as-you-go’ options while you’re there.
Each day, the bakers at La Panetteria produce a large selection of baked goods from traditional Italian recipes. The menu includes focaccia and rustic bread made in a wood-burning oven, and the popular pizza alla pala, a portable thick crust Italian street food topped with fresh seasonal ingredients.
From full-size cakes to bite-sized pasticcini, it's classic Italian pastries as far as the eye can see at La Pasticceria E Venchi. Head Pastry Chef Katia Delogu and her team create delectable treats that beguile patrons with their beauty and welcome them to indulge in the sweet side of being Italian. Many of their creations are conveniently bite size and perfect for snacking while browsing.
The produce in the market at Eataly Boston is brimming with fresh seasonal fruits and vegetables - all locally sourced from regional farmers, including Ward's Berry Farm and Wilson Farm, in addition to items that are traditional to Italian cuisine, and hard to find anywhere else. Grab yourself some fruit to cleanse the palate while you shop for your take-home produce, or before you make your way over to one of the two Italian cafes located in Eataly Boston.
A few more things to pick up on your way out.
Visit the Mozzarella Bar and watch experts make fresh mozzarella by hand right in front of you. Each batch starts with fresh curd from Narragansett Creamery in Rhode Island, that gets shaped, stretched, and transformed into a light, flavorful cheese sold in the store and served in Eataly Boston's restaurants.
Its ingredients may be as simple as flour, egg, and water, but pasta shapes are an art rooted in the rich traditions of Italy. Every day at La Pasta Fresca, Eataly Boston's pasta makers are transforming simple, high-quality ingredients into delicate pasta shapes from several regions in Italy.
And if you're not in the mood to cook, head over to La Gastronomia for an impressive premade spread with options for everyone. Salads, side dishes, and entrees - all prepared fresh, made with seasonal ingredients and based on the personal recipes of Chef Lidia Bastianich.
Check out our full photo gallery from our visit to Eataly Boston.
More takeaway food counters to visit at Eataly Boston:
I Cannoli di Eataly - An endless variety of made-to-order authentic Sicilian-style cannoli with a choice of sweet ricotta infused with traditional ingredients, from chocolate to pistachio.
Il Gelato - A fresh selection of creamy gelato and dairy-free sorbetto, all made in-house daily with high-quality ingredients.
La Rosticceria - A selection of housemade sides and roasted meats from sustainable regional farms, such as VT99 Meats, VT, and Stillman’s Quality Meats, MA.
La Insalate - A salad bar that features the freshest and finest selections of local and Italian ingredients.
I Panini & Le Ciabatte - A sandwich counter with a selection of traditional hot and cold Italian panini for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
Prudential Center, 800 Boylston St., Boston, eataly.com