Attention Carb-Lovers: The Bread and Pastry Destination of Your Dreams is Here

Attention Carb-Lovers: The Bread and Pastry Destination of Your Dreams is Here

If you're watching your bread intake, you'll want to steer clear.

By Aly Walansky

If your food fantasy involves endless rows of freshly baked breads, beautiful pastries, and all kinds of pasta, the destination of your carb-laden dreams has finally arrived.

Eataly’s first NYC location, in Manhattan's Flatiron district, has been much heralded for its incredible selection of Italian specialties, from cheeses to pastas, gelato, wines and much more—but the second outpost, this one downtown, is all about the carbs.

Photos above courtesy of Eataly.

The new branch of Eataly, the Italian food destination co-owned by chef Mario Batali, at World Trade Center Tower 4 is just as bright, spacious and mesmerizing as its predecessor. As for the carb-centric program, the new Eataly aims to have over a dozen different types of bread available daily, all from wood-burning ovens that are within the facility. They will also welcome guest bakers monthly to make and present their own signature creations. This is also the first Eataly to roll out a complete breakfast menu, at the in-house Orto e Mare restaurant, and the first branch to have a “Foodiversità,” which will host daily free demos and educational classes on everything from wine pairings to pasta making. Longtime Eataly favorites like the espresso and mozzarella bar, and the fresh pasta counters, are here too. And did we mention the wine selection? Because what's better than a glass of wine or two in the middle of your grocery-shopping expedition?

And while you can find nearly any Italian ingredient you're craving here (including up to 1300 varieties of cheese), let's get back to the real stars: the pastries and bread. The dozen-or-so international bread varieties will rotate daily. The branch also includes a panini station; a pasticceria (Italian pastry shop) serving the tiny, delicate pastries known as pasticcini, among other traditional Italian sweets; and a selection of Roman-style pizza. 

"At Eataly Downtown we've chosen 'Bread' as our theme so we have a platform to break bread and talk about culture in one of the most important and most diverse cities in the world," CEO Nicola Farinetti told USA Today.

Better wear an elastic waistband when you go.

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