Haute Dining: Batali’s Birreria Rooftop Italian Beer Garden at Fifth Ave’s Eataly

Eataly, chef Mario Batali’s popular artisanal Italian market and food court, has upped their ante with Birreria, a spacious rooftop restaurant and beer mecca situated at the top of Eataly’s Fifth Avenue building. Giving German biergartens a run for their money, the Italian counterpart will feature full restaurant service of a delectable beer-centric menu created by chef Alex Pilas.

The menu will feature dishes that pair serendipitously with Birreria’s extensive list of Italian and American craft beers, in addition to their own beers, brewed on the premises under the direction of Sam Calagione of Dogfish Head Brewery, Italian brewmasters Teo Musso and Leonardo Di Vincenze, and Eataly’s own brewmaster Brook Carretta. Three original Birreria cask ales will be available – an American pale ale with thyme accents, a mild English ale with hints of chestnut, and a wheat beer with that distinctive peppercorn kick.

The menu will be equally as tasty with a variety of simple but hearty Italian fare offered, such as four different sausages, three braised pork shoulders (one to change seasonally), and an entire menu section dedicated to mushrooms for vegetarian brew aficionados. Wine and offerings from a full bar will also be available.

According to Eater NY, Birreria’s official opening date is set for Friday, June 3 – sooner, if things go well – and will be open year round, regardless of the weather, thanks to a retractable roof and ample heat lamps for when we bid farewell to the warmth of summer. Birreria is located above Eataly on the roof at 200 Fifth Avenue. For more information, visit www.mariobatali.com.

[Source: Eater NY]