Ya win some…

A few weeks ago Jay let me know that he had applied for tickets to the Rachael Ray show and that we were selected to be a part of the audience!  If you didn’t already know, I’m a huge RR fan. This was exciting news!!!
So we headed to NYC to see my good bud Rachael.  Everyone advised us to get there  nice and early.  Our ticket time was 12:15 so we arrived at 9:00 and a line had already started forming.  We hopped in line and waited until a RR employee began checking everyone into the show.  When it was our turn to be signed in the man looked at us and said, “Oh, you guys aren’t seeing the show until later!  This show is for 10:00!”  Sweet.  He told us to get coffee and come back, so we did.
We headed back to the studio and saw that another line was forming.  I was kind of nervous but convinced we’d get in.  After freezing our toes off the check in process began again.  People were being handed tickets…we weren’t.  Until finally we were at the front of the line and the rope was literally pulled right in front of us.  The studio was already full and we weren’t a part of it!
Basically, they give out a bunch of tickets and a ton of people show up and it is still first come first serve.  This assures RR that the studio will always be full, and a lot of people will be turned down.
I’m really bad with being disappointed so this was a mega bummer for me.  I was really upset and sad.  BUT we were given VIP tickets where we can go back to the show whenever we like and be guaranteed to get in.
Regardless, I was really bummed.  So Jay suggested we head to Eataly because he knew it would cheer me up.  He joked about seeing Mario Batali, the mastermind behind the Italian market.
Upon walking in…
It was no joke!  I was so excited and Mario was very nice.  I was kind of worried about bothering him while he was meandering around Eataly but I’m glad I took the chance and got a photo with him!
After fulfilling a life dream, we decided to eat at La Pizza, which is obviously the pizza section of Eataly.
They start you off with some nice crusty bread that is all wrapped up in brown paper.
I had a glass of house red wine and Jay had a beer.
I liked that they even put the beer in a wine glass :)
I started off with an antipasto plate.  It was a special that was listed on the board so I don’t remember exactly what was in it.  I think it was beets with pistachio nuts, grilled zucchini, olives and I honestly don’t know what the veggie was in the front.  It was all so earthy tasting and the veggies were soft but still had a little crunch.  A perfect start to my meal!
We shared a pizza that was split into 3 parts: 1 part had ricotta cheese, mozzarella cheese and prosciutto.  The middle had arugula, prosciutto, and mozzarella.  And the other part was margarita pizza.
Sharing this was a big deal because Jay is pretty picky and we normally just do our own thing when eating.  I was really excited to be able to share!  I always think food is more fun when shared :)
We finished our meal with a delicious dessert!
We may not have gotten to see RR but eating Italian food and seeing Mario was definitely a great consolation prize.  Eat your heart out Rachael Ray!