It's crisp black marquee along Broadway in NY's Flatiron could just as easily lead to a haute department store but inside is one of the most comprehensive gourmet supermarkets and food shows in America led by a slate of the industry's true top chefs – and we're not talking the Bravo TV kind. The 50,000-square foot space that expects to feed 6-million visitors a year space features a store-within-a-store layout for various vendors selling everything from cheese and charcuterie to imported earthenware and table linens.
Take-away options include fresh-made paninis, on-site rotisserie, organic locally-sourced produce from area gardens, pizza and pasta to-go and on-site bakery by LA Bakery founder Nancy Silverton.
For those looking for on-site food fulfillment, La Piazza offers tastings of salami, cheeses, mozzarella and raw bar as well as wines by the glass and bottle and beer. Il Pesce is a seated counter-style eatery with raw bar plus and Dave Pasternack's creative and traditional take on Italian seafood in antipasto and main course portions. Le Verdure is a seated counter and a table area that serves Italian style vegetable dishes including soups, bruschetta and composed warm and cold dishes from the fertile mind of our own Elizabeth Benno. For more star appeal, La Scuola is helmed by Lidia Bastianich and offers classes in Italian cooking by guest chefs like Mario Batali