Manhattan's sprawling new Eataly—Mario Batali and Joe Bastianich's most ambitious project yet—is both a spectacular place to buy Italian ingredients and the ultimate food court for foodies.

October 01, 2010

Any time Mario Batali comes up with a new slogan, I get inspired. When the chef says, "Spaghetti is love," I put on a pot of water to boil. His most recent motto, "Shop hard, shop often," will surely be my most motivational one yet.


Mario Batali Demonstrates How to Make These Recipes

Mortadella and Cheese Panini

To make these sandwiches, use 6-by-4-inch slices of dense white bread from a peasant loaf to accommodate the hearty filling.

Mixed Vegetable and Farro Soup

Eataly's vegetable counter specializes in vegan dishes—specifically, vegan dishes that people might not suspect are vegan. One is this thick, hearty soup made with a colorful mix of carrots, peas, leek and onion. Batali also adds borlotti beans and farro, which make the soup hearty enough to be a main course. The crunchy grissini on the side aren't vegan; they're sweetened with honey.

Butcher's Ragù with Fusilli

At Eataly's pasta and pizza counter, Batali's team serves three different pasta shapes with a choice of about five different sauces ("made by some crazy dudes," says Batali). For the first time ever, he's going to let his customers match the sauce with the pasta shape. This sauce, an ever-so-slightly creamy ragĂą made with ground beef, pancetta and ham, is flavored with tomato paste instead of canned tomatoes.

Grilled Skirt Steak with Salsa Verde

Skirt steak, nicely marbled with fat, takes well to marinades, like this simple mix of herbs and garlic. Batali accents the grilled meat with a sauce made with more herbs and garlic, plus capers and anchovies; he likes to make his salsa verde superthick.

More Great Recipes & Wines:

Mario BataliFantastic Dishes from Mario BataliJoe Bastianich's Eataly Wine PicksJoe Bastianich's Eataly Wine Picks Italian Cooking GuideItalian Cooking Guide