Who needs to go to Italy when you can go to Eataly?

If you love food and haven’t gone to Eataly, you need to go now.

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Going to Eataly is like going on a self-guided Italian food tour. To facilitate your tour, Eataly even offers a guest services booth that have maps and descriptions of all their offerings. A condensed online version can be found here

For those who like to eat (who doesn’t?), there’s nine “restaurants” to explore, six departments to purchase specialty foods (fresh mozzarella, fresh pasta, etc), along with two coffee joints and of course, the NUTELLA BAR!

Never enough Nutella

Never enough Nutella

I use the term restaurants with quotation marks because the restaurants are small and aren’t closed off from the rest of the store, more like an eat-in-kitchen rather than a formal dining room.

We went carnivorous and sat down at their “La Carne” restaurant and got their special steak salad with sun dried tomato dressing.

No anemia here

No anemia here

The salty dressing, the thin cut steak, and the peppery greens made a fantastic combo. Would definitely recommend.

Personally, I think the most popular item at Eataly was the charcuterie and cheese board served at La Piazza. After roaming the area like vultures, we finally snagged a stand-up table. After focusing all our energy on snagging a booth, we had no idea what to order. In such close quarters, it wasn’t hard to spy on other patrons and see that the meat and cheese was a favorite. Naturally, that’s we ordered and were not disappointed!

The Grande Piatto Misto di Salumi & Formaggi

The Grande Piatto Misto di Salumi & Formaggi

I appreciated the variety of meat and cheeses…if only they were labeled. The parmesan had a hint of lemon that I’ve never tasted before and found quite refreshing.

A picture description of all that Eataly has to offer:

Pasta!

All the colors of the rainbow…in pasta

Handmade gnocchi

Handmade gnocchi

In house brewery

In house brewery

Cheese as far as the eye can see

Cheese as far as the eye can see

Master of cuttin' the cheese...hehe

Master of cuttin’ the cheese…hehe

Chocolates

Chocolates

Pastries and pastries and pastries

Pastries and pastries and pastries

For those who appreciate food and everything food related, Eataly sells kitchen gadgets, cookbooks, and offer cooking lessons too.

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The prettiest wine opener ever

Go discover Eataly!

Eataly is located at:
 43 E Ohio St, Chicago, Illinois 60611
Open 10am-11pm Monday-Sunday
Closest to the Grand Red Line CTA Station
 
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