Next time you’re visiting our downtown Chicago store, be sure to step next door and visit Italy. I mean, Eataly, the new Italian superstore and restaurant experience at 43 East Ohio Street. A concept originally launched in 2007 by Oscar Farinetti in Turin, Italy, Eataly has since opened in New York City and now Chicago with backing from powerhouse restaurateurs Mario Batali, Joe Bastianich and Lidia Matticchio Bastianich.
As you walk in, you’ll be greeted by a gorgeous fresh produce in charming carts and baskets. But this is only the beginning of the Italian delights about to unfold before you. Eataly Chicago is home to 23 eateries and numerous markets for you to explore in 62,000 square feet of open, light-filled space.
When I visited, my friends and I made and afternoon of it—wandering, eating and finally shopping on our way out. However, the beauty of Eataly is that you can enjoy it whether you have 10 minutes or two hours.
Stop in for a quick sandwich at La Rotiscceria or an expertly-crafted coffee from LavAzza, or enjoy a leisurely meal at La Pizza & La Pasta. Come late in the afternoon for drinks and antipasto at La Piazza (my personal favorite) and then grab fresh pasta, bread and sauce for dinner at home. And don’t forget to satisfy your sweet tooth at Il Gelato or the Nutella bar (yes, really).
Not able to visit in person? Not a problem. You can shop Eataly online, too.
Photos by Room & Board