I’m sharing all the pictures and snippets from our fun evening at Terra last week, just in time for Ben’s birthday. Thanks, Eataly, for the complementary tickets.
Last week I snuck out for a fun evening at Eataly at the Prudential in downtown Boston. I arrived a bit early and perused through Barnes & Noble and walked into the event with a heavy bag of books (it ended up being a book heavy birthday for Ben and Adelaide the next day).
Have you been to Eataly before? In addition to having a variety of Italian restaurants, they also have authentic Italian markets. You can grab gelato at the gelato stand or select fresh fish at the fish market. There’s a spot for pizza, fresh pasta, gourmet sauces, and all the best Italian ingredients. My personal favorite is the bins of all the specialty chocolates.
It reminds me of the four months we spent living in Italy when I was younger. My mom would buy our bread from one place and pick up fresh produce from another. I’d spend all my allowance on chocolate and it would only last me two days into the week (except for the week it didn’t and a rat gnawed a hole in my jacket to get to the bar of chocolate #stillscarred).
Eataly’s upstairs restaurant, Terra, hosted a special evening last week where some of Eataly’s top vendors came in to showcase their goods. We tried the very best ricotta, sampled Boston’s finest clams, and watched them carve up a 300 pound pig. Terra’s chef, Dan Bazzinotti, was just named Boston’s “Best Up-and-Coming Chef” by Boston Magazine and his excitement for all the dishes that evening really shown through.
Ben walked over from his internship downtown and it felt like the perfect treat, the day before his thirtieth birthday, savoring some of the best of Boston with my favorite person.
It was also neat to connect with the vendors behind the ingredients in the dishes we already love … it all has us drooling just thinking about another date night at Terra.
Here are a million pictures from the event – the highlights for me were chatting with the kind couple behind the cheese station and getting to walk back behind the grill:
** (note: if you get queasy, skip these pictures so you don’t see the raw 300 pound pig)
^clams are not my thing – but I had my first one and was proud I ate it, kept it down, and smiled
^the most delicious ricotta I might ever taste
^it’s the most beautiful restaurant
^caviar (but on top of bread + cheese)
^fresh truffles being shaved onto creamy pasta
^and then they brought out the 300 pound pig.
^Ben joined me for the last bit of the event
^mid conversation about the creation of cheese
^the very best ricotta
Thanks, Eataly, for having us!