Baita (procounced “bye-tah) is the Piemontese word for a small ski lodge in the Italian Alps. These cozy dwellings are known for serving simple food and drink, such as rustic polenta, housemade sausage, and mulled wine to snow enthusiasts seeking respite from the enjoying the winter wonderland.
Now through March, New Yorkers and tourists alike can experience this culinary tradition in the Flatiron district at Eataly, where the superstore has staged a pop-up named after these mountain food shacks on its closed rooftop.
At Baita, guests can enjoy snacks like a pesto di Montagna ($12) of whipped house-made lardo with rosemary and warm house-made rye bread and antipasti such as poached egg with shaved speck, trentingrana, and crispy shredded Yukon potatoes ($14). If you’ve worked up a larger appetite, go for one of the raclettes like one with Arcadian Pastures smoked pork loin ($11).
Need a little liquid courage to brave the season? Baita offers a few mountain-top-worthy warm cocktails, like the Bombardino ($14). A somewhat twisted take on egg nog, the drink comprises Vecchia Romagna Brandy, Zabov Zabaglione, whipped cream, and nutmeg. For a more savory option, there’s the Earl of Montenegro: Earl Grey tea, Montenegro Amaro, and Makers Mark Bourbon.