It's what in the box that I thought was cool. Seeing such a huge range of pastas, cheeses etc, in the big box model was fun. I do think having more mini restaurants (read food court) integrated into the store using the products from the store is also a nice touch, which I haven't seen before in the US. Not that it is new, I recently went to Seoul and they have a great fish market with restaurants on the second floor that specialize in sashimi, sliced up on the floor and sent up the restaurants.
If they had an Eataly here in Shanghai I would be thrilled, but I can see your point, especially if I lived there. I always gravitate back to the real local markets and shops as well.
Glad to help. Thanks again for your commitment to the Italy board, with your help my foodie friends are all seriously envious. Now just looking forward to our next trip back.
By the way if you ever come out to Shanghai please let me know I would be happy to show you around another of the world's great cuisines.
Agreed. Porta Palazzo market is far more interesting. But if you've never been to Eataly (like me), it's worthwhile to see what the fuss is all about.
This is my first post to Chowhound, and I am typically lazy when it comes to writing but I needed to thank all of the people who posted on this board and on Trip Advisor who helped make our food focused trip to Italy and Rome an amazing experience. Unfortunately I didn't start reading the Italy board until the end of our trip in Rome but Italy being Italy we ate very well everywhere we went. Special thanks to Elizebeth and a post by Tenortom whose opinions and trip report were spot on. To follow along with our food tour of Italy pictures are here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/achang99...
Eataly: First time going to the slow food super center. Loved it, best Gelato we had the whole trip. Worth a visit no matter your opinion on it being a "chain".
Ristorante Solferino (Piazza Solferino, 3, Torino): Found Solferino in Trip Advisor. Nice restaurant and ambience, service was very friendly and helpful. My wife's favorite dish of the entire trip was served here, the house special Rosemary Tagliatelle with white Ragu. Simple but with the twist of the rosemary. Done perfectly. Gnocchi with in cream with local cheese also good. Will be back again on our next visit.
Porta Palazzo Market (Piazza della Reublica, Torino): Largest fresh market in Europe. Only had an hour in the morning so we only saw the produce outside that filled the square, several hundred vendors, biggest I've ever seen. We were roundly chastised for picking up the lettuce, note, don't mess with the displays the vendors do a beautiful job and don't take kindly to tourists messing their work up. Though seems that's not always the rule for locals. Look forward to seeing the inside of the market on the next trip.
Cinque Terre ----
Enoteca Dal Cila (Via San Giacomo, 65, Riomaggiore): Great deck, very popular. Food was all good with their Mixed fried fish hitting very good but nothing extraordinary. Would go back if it was convenient.
Trattoria Dal Billy (via Aldo Rollandi 122, Manarola ): Top rated restaurant in Cinque Terre on Trip advisor, I agree. We hiked 3 hours to Manarola from Riomagiorre before our lunch, I would be willing to walk twice as far to eat at Billy's. Very cool three level layout with wonderful views over Manarola to the sea. Service was good with light doses of italian attitude and humor. We ordered too much so we weren't allowed to order pasta until we insisted for the third time, then we were given a single portion of the black ink seafood pasta, luckily. Squid ink seafood pasta alla Chittarra was pasta perfection itself for me, wonderful fresh seafood, just the right touch of tomato, pasta was perfeclty al dante with that little bit extra from the squid ink. Was one of the best pastas we had in three weeks in Italy. For starters the seafood anti pasta was one of the unexpected food highpoints of the trip. The Seafood Antipasti included 12 different dishes of seafood, 8 of which were fantastic, the rest merely very good. Also had two nicely done grilled filet's of fish (I think a Bronzini and something else), but mains have a hard time competing with exceptional pasta and anti pasta in my book. Finished off with Limoncello and Grappa on the house. Wonderful afternoon would love to go back tomorrow if possible.
San Lorenzo Market/Nerbone (Florence):
Osteria le Logge(Via del Porrione 33, Siena): Fancy restaurant masquerading as an Osteria, near the main Piazza in Siena. Modern cuisine highly recommended by our Sienese host in Montalcino. They made a really wonderful beef tongue and potato croquet like thing on pesto sauce, great combination. Chittarra cacio e pepe was very good. Pumpkin ravioli too sweet for our taste but done well. Carciofi in mandarin sauce with a dusting of olives was interesting but not super tasty. Little too expensive and fancy for my sweetspot so I wouldn't go back, but a very good restaurant.
Il Grifo (Via Mazzini, 18, Montalcino):
Enoteca Osteria Osticcio (via matteotti 23, Montalcino):
Taverna De' Massari (Via Roma, 13, Norcia
Trattoria Dal Francese (Via Riguardati, 16, Norcia)
Perelli Dal 1917 (Via Marmorata, 39, Rome)
Osteria La Gensola (Piazza della Gensola 15, Rome)
Forno Campo de' Fiori (Campo de' Fiori, 22, Rome)
Trattoria Monti (Via di San Vito, 13, Rome)
San Crispino (Via della Panetteria,42, Rome)
Look forward to next trip. Thanks again to all the posters.