December 4, 2012 by Italians in Chicago
by Valeria Fanelli –
Eataly, the largest artisanal Italian food and wine marketplace in the world, is coming to Chicago and scheduled to open in the Fall 2013.
The new Eataly will occupy the former ESPN Zone sports bar on Ohio Street near Michigan Avenue, in a more than 60,000-square-foot space.
Eataly is planning to open 4 new marketplaces in North and South America in the next three years: Chicago, Los Angeles, San Paulo, and Toronto, said Maria Angela Spitella, press officer for Eataly Rome. One more opening in London and three in Japan, plus five more locations in Italy.
Eataly which first opened in Turin, Italy in 2007, is a marketplace that will have plenty for visitors to shop, taste and savor including seven full-service eateries, a café, wine shop, bakery and patisserie, and a culinary educational center.
The marketplace will also offer a variety of cured meats, cheeses, fruits and vegetables, fresh meats and fish, handmade pastas, desserts, baked goods, coffees and teas, as well as a selection of housewares and books, Italian dried pastas, canned goods, sauces, olive oils and more.
Eataly already opened a successful U.S. location in New York, in 2010 and planned to be in Chicago in the next three years, Spitella said.
Located in the Flatiron District at 200 Fifth Avenue – formerly the iconic Toy Building – Eataly New York encompasses 42,500 square feet along with a 4,500 square-foot open-air rooftop beer garden, according to Brooke Adams, press officer for Eataly New York.
Eataly embodies the philosophy and commitment of artisanal products that represent the finest in quality, sustainability, affordability and responsibility – all cornerstones of the Batali-Bastianich brand.
Eataly is also focused in education, with special events occurring year-round including food and wine courses, demonstrations and lectures led by accredited instructors, renowned chefs, winemakers and producers from the best farms in the world.
There are 19 Eataly all over the world: Nine in Italy – Turin Lingotto, Turin Lagrange, Pinerolo, Asti, Monticello, Milan, Genova, Bologna, and Rome. Nine locations in Japan – all in Tokio, and one in New York.
Eataly has currently over 2,300 collaborators and makes business for over Euro 300 million per year.
Available at Eataly are also cooking classes, educational lessons, and culinary experiences.
For more information, visit eatalyny.com.