Eataly Brings an Vibrant Italian Marketplace to Boston,
Article and photos by Eric Hurwitz. Page
updated on 9/20/17.
When at the Prudential Center in Boston, Mass., do as the
"Prudentialites" do: feast on Italian foods, sweets and drinks at
Please pardon the "When in Rome" variation above, but it was meant to
stress the relevancy of Eataly Boston as a must-visit Boston dining out
Eataly Boston is, simply, an Italian food lovers dream-come-true
bringing together cafes, counters including a seafood market,
groceries, and even a cooking school. The aromas, Italian spirit and
culture, and the chance to eat authentic, mouthwatering foods seems
almost too good to
be true as everything is under one roof. Why didn't anyone think of
this before in the northeast United States?
Actually, someone did, and he is famous chef Mario Batali who brought
the first Eataly to New York City, N.Y., with great success, to this
very day. The Boston version follows suit with crowds frequenting this
instant Prudential Center landmark. A closer look at the entrance...
It's hard to know where to start first at Eataly Boston.
Let's cut right to the chase and throw out a few mouthwatering,
appetizing buzzwords that make Eataly so special: pasta, pizza,
calzones, paninis, cannolis, tiramisu, gelato, extra virgin olive oil,
Italian espresso-based drinks, vinos and the best-looking tomatoes you
will ever see. It's a visual delight virtually every step of the way.
Cakes at Eataly Boston.
Eataly Boston features many individually-owned businesses, but I will
not name them here as my recommendation is to treat the visit as one
collective food festival operating on a daily basis. One place is not
necessarily better than another; rather, they complement each other and
together provide a grand Italian food experience for the visitor.
Pizzas at Eataly Boston.
Many customers prefer take-out food to bring back to work, or enjoy at
home. Others prefer to dine at Eataly as individual restaurants and
common seating areas provide a nice setting to soak in the
Boston-meets-Italy atmosphere. I preferred to be seated at the common
seating area at Eataly to enjoy this delicious ham with herb roasted
ham, ricotta, olive and fennel on a house made ciabatta-- and
accompanied by homemade potato chips.
Delicious ham on ciabatta roll at Eataly.
Additionally the produce area is phenomenal, almost coming across as an
indoor farmers market...
Produce at Eataly.
Is Eataly Boston worth visiting? This
By now, you can tell the answer is a resounding "Yes!" I do, however,
have a few perspectives that bear mention. First, the scene can get
quite hectic during peak hours and frequent lack of customer courtesy
can mar the overall great experience. Consideration of others would be
nice as certain individuals clog the isles by stopping to text, making
phone calls, watch YouTube videos, and take seemingly 10 minutes to
decide whether to walk forward. That lack of courtesy is, however, the
fault of a self-absorbed society and not the fine folks at Eataly who
generally go great lengths to accommodate the customer.
A perspective: While Eataly Boston stands as one of the most
interesting, delicious food destinations I have been to in
Boston, don't treat it as the sole place to go for Italian food. I know
there will be some nights I prefer to go the traditional route to walk
the North End of Boston to eat an authentic Italian
restaurant, and after
the meal walk down the street for a cannoli, homemade bread or gelato
at other welcoming mom and pop businesses. Never underestimate the
beauty and timeless relevance of process
-- that is, sometimes it is best not to have everything so convenient
and planned, and opt to walk around an established neighborhood for
culinary treasures and gems.
The choice for options in Boston is what makes the city so great for
food discoveries. Go to Eataly, enjoy the North End and never, ever
limit yourself to just one place. With that said, I do recommend that
locals, business people, and travelers put Eataly Boston high on their
Boston food destinations list. It's clearly a worthy, new addition to
the Boston food scene and a business that should be here for the long
is located at 800 Boylston St. in Boston, MA. Tel. 617-807-7300
Homemade breads at Eataly in Boston.
Related article: Visit the Cannoli Counter at Eataly Boston
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