Foodie Tuesday: Eataly

July 29, 2013

There are foodies and there are individuals who take it further– the meals geeks. If you resemble me– waiting excitedly for your preferred produce to show up in period, spending hours checking out old books on the history of food preparation and captivated by the minute differences in between cooking strategies like braising and poaching– you might be a meals geek. We take food seriously, with a have to understand the tale behind the meal, to recognize the ritual and tradition. Foodies enjoy the Food Network stations, while meals geeks choose PBS. If you are a food geek, you’ll appreciate the Eataly app. If you are a foodie, you’ll most likely despise it.

From the people behind the well-known Italian market in New york city City by the exact same name, Eataly is an ode to the Italian osteria, where local meals are prepared with love and traditional Italian cooking is protected. The app includes 1,000 recipes from inns advised by Slow Food, in addition to comprehensive details on Italian wines. Though Eataly is beautifully designed, it’s an easy app and there are no photos of the recipes. Severe food geeks don’t need images, though, and will be influenced by the authentic Italian dishes.

Interested in geeking out on Italian meals and wine? Keep reading.

Getting Started

I have never been to the Italian marketplace and restaurant brought to life in the U.S. by the famous Mario Batali and Bastianich family partnership, but it’s certainly on my bucket list. Thankfully, I can enjoy Eataly with their website and mobile app. If you are a fan of these popular chefs you understand they march to the beat of their own drum, unapologetically sharing their love of Italian cuisine in a genuine method. They tell the full tale, and they do not care if it fits into a 30 second sound byte. You are going to have to decrease, have a seat at the table and pour a glass of wine.

Just like the website, the Eataly app has an attractive, modern design. The home screen, right, is the recipes section with 1,000 regional dishes for you to browse through.

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Just like the site, the Eataly app has an appealing, modern design. The house screen, right, is the dishes section with 1,000 regional dishes for you to check out.

Launch the app and you’ll find it’s the same contemporary, fresh design as the Eataly website. The recipes area can be found on the house screen, and a toolbar at the bottom of the screen offers options for discovering about Italian wines, seeing Eataly shops around the world, seeing your favorited recipes and browsing seasonal components in the calendar.

The Recipes

Recipes are divided into four classifications: Vegetable, Fish, Meat and Dessert. It would be nice to see more classifications, especially pasta, considering that individuals would most likely be looking for that in an Italian app. Select a classification and you’ll discover an alphabetized list of every recipe in that category. This can be a bit overwhelming, and it would be good to see the classifications broken down a bit further, for instance, by sort of veggie or fish species and even cooking technique. Scrolling through a list of hundreds of recipes does not truly benefit from the functionality that mobile needs to provide.

One cool aspect of the search tool, though, is if you search for an ingredient in a category (such as zucchini in Vegetables), only recipes within that group will show up. If you wish to see all dishes containing zucchini, you should look for it on the primary recipe page. Meals geeks will catch on to this quickly and value the functionality. Too bad you can just search for the English keywords, as numerous dishes would be simpler to discover by their Italian name, like arancini, or rice balls.

Select a recipe category to view an alphabetize list of the dishes. Vegetables, left, Meat pictured right.

Select a dish classification to see an alphabetize list of the meals. Vegetables, left, Meat visualized right.

The quantity of dishes is mind boggling, and you’ll come across treasures that you’d never discover in a mainstream cookbook, like the uber seasonal “Elderflower Fritters” or the rustic “Tripe and Chickpea Soup.” They discuss donkey meat, fried lamb’s intestines and stewed horse meat– which could seem ridiculous to foodies however food geeks will nod in affirmation of how Eataly shares the entire story of Italian cuisine, not just the attractive dishes.

The recipes don’t include a photo, but the value is in their historical importance and how Eataly gives the whole story of a cuisine, from the everyday to the obscure.

The dishes don’t include an image, however the value is in their historic relevance and how Eataly gives the whole tale of a food, from the daily to the odd.

Some could be disappointed in the no frills design of the recipe cards, however you have got to keep in mind the strength of the app is in the high number of conventional dishes handed down over generations. It’s like your precious granny’s handwritten dishes, carefully scrawled on faded index cards. In the top right corner you’ll discover the Italian name and a credit to the osteria with the region in Italy. Ingredients are provided in both grams and ounces, occasionally in more basic terms like a glass of wine or a pinch of salt, again enhancing that sensation of being at grandma’s apron strings.

The Wine

The Wines section of the app is devoted to Italian grape ranges and areas, listed alphabetically. Once again, scrolling with a big list like this is a bit one dimensional for the mobile user interface, but wine enthusiasts will enjoy the lengthy descriptions and historical accounts. Much like the dishes, the lengthy list of wines includes every little thing from table wines to world-renowned varieties to the odd.

I counted at least 86 wine varieties listed, each with an in depth history and flavor description. Everything is here, from the famous Barbera to other lesser known varieties.

I counted at least 86 wine ranges noted, each with an in depth history and flavor description. Everything is here, from the famous Barbera to various other lower recognized selections.

Tap on a wine to view the full description, evening history and family tree, in addition to flavor profile and a complete account of the grape-growing region. This area of the app is wonderful for referencing a freshly found wine when you are at a restaurant or wine shop, particularly if you utilize the search device.

Conclusion

Eataly is an app that embraces the Slow Meals movement without compromise. The collection of recipes is something you’d find in an old tattered book of standard Italian food preparation, not a sleek and modern-day mobile app. You are going to need a long attention span and a recognition for the story behind the food and wine to like this app. Browse the dishes, reference the wines enjoy enjoying with the components wheel to see what produce is in period now. Don’t expect Eataly to act like your ordinary commercialized meals app. Accept Eataly for what it is, a treasure trove of conventional Italian recipes and wines. Eataly is the complete story, no apologies.