“Eataly” in Chicago!

August 19th, 2015 | Posted in Italy

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Eataly - Chicago

Eataly – Chicago

Hello Everyone!

If you are ever in the Chicago area be sure to add “Eataly” to your list of must visits.  No, it is not a museum.  Yes, there are plenty of those to visit in Chicago Land as well.  It is a food lovers haven!  It is also a marketplace for the budding chef, seasoned cook or anyone outside or in between that description!

When our oldest lived in Chicago before moving to New York City, we had the pleasure of driving up to the windy city with some frequency.

Quick Trivia Question – Why is Chicago called the “Windy City?”  It doesn’t have to do with the weather conditions.  It has to do with the bloviating politicians that Chicago was known for.  Not much has changed for politicians around the country if you know what I mean 🙂

Back to our visit.  One of our favorite moments of the trip  was when we decided to make dinner at her apartment.  We knew exactly where to shop!  Be warned – this is not shopping, this is an outing.  It is a cultural,social, downright fun experience.  We began our excursion with a late lunch. Eataly boasts 23 eateries on site.  7 are sit down.  My mouth is watering thinking about the carved roast beef sandwich on Italian Bread(of course).  It was the simplest yet most delectable sandwich I think I ever had.

IMG_3321As we stood at one of the high top tables literally licking our fingers clean, we discussed the meal that we had planned back at the apartment. Every option was at our finger tips. We decided that this experience should be accompanied by a glass of fine wine 🙂  We purchased wine by the glass and proceeded to walk around the entire venue sipping on wine while we picked fresh garlic, carrots, onion, tomato, arugula…

Next we moved over to the cheese and chose a pungent Parmigiano-Reggiano to grate over the carefully selected cut of beef and strips of pancetta that was to become the main ingredients of our Bolognese Sauce.   We also became a little overwhelmed with the variety of freshly made pasta options but finally decided on some type of thick, flat linguini noodle.

We finished at the bakery which we found by following the open hearth smell of freshly baked yeast and the resulting crusty creations.  Gluten Free palates beware – there didn’t appear to be options for you!

Eataly opened in Chicago in 2013.  It is co-owned by Chef/Author Mario Batali and restaurateur, wine maker, TV personality & author, Joe Bastianich.   The whole concept emulates an Italian marketplace.  The only thing missing is the outdoors.  We were there in the middle of  a frigid Chicago winter.  We spent hours exploring the treasures of our Italian marketplace.  Did I mention on the way to the bread we were a little distracted by the sign for Gelato?

Eataly can be experienced in Italy and Tokyo, We were happy to discover that Eataly is also in New York City which just happens to be where our daughter lives now 🙂

Indulgent indeed!



If this stateside experience causes you to dream about a trip to Europe, feel free to contact Tina at tweiss@intriguetravel.com or 317-660-2080.