Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Eataly's Cioccolata con Panna Makes Me a Hot Chocolate Believer

Eataly Cioccolata con Panna
My mother starts nearly everyday with hot chocolate. Intensely dark hot chocolate. I don't think she would run without it. My relationship with hot chocolate is far more tepid--I'm going to be honest and just put it out there that I'm not that big a fan. I'll even go so far as to say that with the exception of Jacques Torres' Wicked Hot Chocolate, it's generally not worth the calories in my book. A recent visit to Eataly, however, has caused me to reconsider this philosophy entirely.

It was too late in the afternoon for me to go for one of my usual espresso based drinks, so on a whim, I decided to try a small serving ($3) of the cioccolata con panna from Eataly's Lavazza Café, which I figured given my relationship with hot chocolate would more than satisfy. But I was wrong. Oh so, wrong, because the cioccolata con panna is hot chocolate perfection. It's dark and rich, sweet without being too sweet and ever so slightly thickened--there's nothing watery about this cup. The small is enough for an afternoon sugar rush or to take the edge off a sweets craving, but consider yourself warned that you'll probably regret not ordering the larger size.

Eataly
Lavazza Café
200 5th Avenue
New York, NY 10010
(212) 229-2180

3 comments:

Chef Jen DePalma said...

I love Eataly- did you do the olive oil tasting! On www.nyccooks.com I dedicated a week of bloggin to Eataly- so fun!

thelarry said...
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WuzTasty said...

Everything at Eataly is amazing. While traveling through Italy I frequented many cafes serving Lavazza and I have to say that the cafe at Eataly serves my memories well. Was it insanely busy when you went?