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Eataly kind of sucks

Discussion in 'Restaurants & Buffets' started by Jerry Snuggit, Jan 8, 2019.

  1. Jerry Snuggit

    Jerry Snuggit Well-Known Member

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    I don't know, guess my palate hasn't evolved into the 21st century. When I think of a huge Italian food market, I'm thinking it's gonna be a tough call between veal parm (maybe picatta), some pizza slices, or perhaps a big bowl of spaghetti. Well Eataly has none of that.

    There is a pasta stand, yes, but the choices are limited and far from what I'd call comfort food. See for yourself: https://www.eataly.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/2018/12/CucinaMercato_Pasta-Fresca_12.30.18_For-Online.pdf

    There is no stand for anything like a meatball sub, or a plate of chicken parmigiana, or a slice of lasagna. There's also no traditional pizza or slices, instead, one of the stands serves a flatbread-like thing.

    Now there is a sit-down restaurant in the complex that does serve more basic pasta dishes and individual-size pizzas. But you don't get the fun of trying multiple foods from different counters, mixing and matching, etc. And this place still doesn't have veal parm, in fact, it is still a limited menu compared to any typical Italian restaurant.

    40,000 square feet and I can't get a plate of meatballs? Pretty weak.
     
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    That should be similar to a traditional spaghetti and meat sauce. Different type of noodle but ... And a bit spendy, I admit.
     
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    I was speaking to a coworker about the new Eataly. She described Eataly just like OP, but her spin was this: it was enjoyable because it wasn't a typical Italian venue with typical Italian dishes. She added if you want spaghetti and meatballs, Olive Garden should be able to accommodate.

    The menu does look interesting, though.
     
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    Also, there are big variations in cuisine between different parts of Italy, so what is traditional in one part isn't known elsewhere.

    I believe most American/Italian food has its origins in the south and Sicily as they are the poorer areas of the country so had more emigration to the USA.

    Although, as the OP says if most tourists expecting 'Italian' food to be the meatballs, spaghetti or pizza styles they are familiar with then Eataly might have a problem, unless they can find enough foodies who want higher end dishes in a glorified food court.
     
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    Trevi, Bootlegger, Chicago Joe, (LOL, Battista's) will all have traditional red sauce pasta dishes with meatballs.
     
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    While I like the idea of being able to snag a cannoli quick, I am wary of it. Our local one is very chaotic and it triggers a rage in me, I just can't deal with the choices and crowds. Hopefully the Vegas one isn't as smooshed as the one here.
     
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    Agree.
     
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    Eataly is more your speed if you prefer Cacio e Pepe to spaghetti Bolognese...
     
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    I look forward to checkin' Eataly out in a couple weeks... personally, I'm glad there's another place that doesn't appear to be catering to the value/frugal crowd. It's on the Strip after all, not downtown.
     
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    I went to the Eataly in NYC at New Year and walked straight out again. I just didn’t “get it” or like the concept at all.

    For me it’s gimmicky and for people who like to be seen (twats)
     
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    Yummm . . . . Cacio e Pepe is simplicity, but delicious!
     
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    I've never seen/eaten a meatball in Italy. Although, I've never visited S. Italy.
     
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    Stopped by last week and I wasn't impressed with it either.
     
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    I've watched a few Youtubisms on it. It struck me as odd, that there would be a pent up demand for that level of shopping in that particular area (the strip). We'll be out there this summer and take a peek.
     
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    So its part of Park MGM. Can a person charge it to the room for MGM properties? Use food credit? It looks good to me.
     
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    I can report back after this weekend, I'll be at ParkMGM.
     
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    You can use Mlife f&b credit here, it was too busy when we visited but I asked them on Twitter.
     
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    Great thread. Some of the items on the menu DO catch my eye. I'm ok with "no meatballs", since it's a staple item (even obsession) that I make at home.

    But...

    It kind of lost me with the food court setting with $20 -25+ a pop menu items---for pasta. If I'm paying that, I want sit down...in a non-food court feel.

    I adore, ADORE Cosmo...but on my last trip, Lardo lost me for exactly that reason. $16 for a good, but still "take out" Burger (no fries). I was kicking myself afterwards, because I could have paid $2 more at Holsteins, with great fries, a burger I love more, and more of a restaurant feel. (Not ambiance, but it's a burger place, and great food.)

    From the menu at Eataly? I'd absolutely try it...I like it! My turn off is the trend of marketing a fast food-style setting, but charging sit down prices.

    Pasta is an art, but it can be one of the cheaper cuisines to make, if not meat-heavy. (Or, like OP said, lasagna, or other time-consuming, expensive ingredient dishes.)

    Pasta with a light cream or red sauce...it might be an art, but it's still a cheaper dish. So if it's pushing $20 - $25 a plate or more, ambiance better make up for ingredients.

    I just am not drawn to $20+ a plate for non-lasagna/mannicoti (expensive-to-make pasta) in a food court setting, no matter how good.

    But, Conde Nast likes it. So for those who like the menu, and DONT mind paying a little more in a more casual/open setting...it might be worth a try!

    http://www.google.com/amp/s/www.cntraveler.com/story/inside-eataly-las-vegas/amp
     
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    I never ate a meatball when I lived in S.Italy for three years but that’s not to say there wasn’t any........ I just don’t like meatballs
     
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    How much of those prices are simply associated with the zip code? Compared to our neck o'the woods, ever-thang in Vega$ costs more. But I do agree that I shan't be participating in cafeteria behavior at linen prices. I lost the desire for a Everybody's Doing It Cool Kid Seal Of Approval some decades past.
     
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