A Sneak Peek of Eataly Chicago

November 26, 2013

Entrance to Eataly
This past Monday I had the chance to check out the largest artisanal Italian food and wine marketplace in the world, Eataly! The mega food emporium already has 11 locations in Italy, four locations in Japan, and one location in New York City, making the Chicago outpost the second in the U.S. The Chicago location is situated in River North at Ohio and Wabash.

View of Eataly from Wabash and Grand
The Eataly Partners
Similarly to Eataly New York, the store is a partnership between Mario Batali, Joe Bastianich, and Lidia Bastianich of Batali-Bastianich (B&B Hospitality Group) and Adam and Alex Saper, brothers and operating partners.
The Eataly Partners
Here are a few numbers to give you a glimpse at the massiveness of the Chicago store, which is larger than its New York sibling:

2 floors
63,000 square feet
23 eateries
1 fine dining restaurant
21 retail departments
10,000 products
650 employees
6 on-site production laboratories
1 classroom and conference room
1 vegetable butcher

In the tradition of making a local dedication for each Eataly location, the Chicago store is dedicated to Oak Park native, Ernest Hemingway. The motivation for choosing Hemingway, whose quotations fill the walls of Eataly, was due to the time he spent in Italy between 1918 and 1954. He specifically loved Italy for its food and wines, just as they do at Eataly.

We were given the grand tour of the store by the operating partners who took us to many of the different eateries. From pasta, to pizza and fresh fish, there is something for even the pickiest of eaters. The space is designed to display raw products for purchasing, complemented by cooked products in each respective restaurant. According to chef Mario Batali, there is an exact parallel between what you see and what you can eat at Eataly. My favorite foods that I tried were absolutely the pizza and pasta, but, let's be honest, everything was a delight. It was a foodie heaven and I may or may not have considered moving in and building a home on a bed of gnocchi.

Check out the photo tour of Eataly Chicago below and be sure to visit when the store opens to the public on Monday, December 2!

What are you most excited to taste at Eataly?

Entrance to Eataly
The Nutella Bar (yes, it exists outside your dreams)
Lavazza Coffee Bar
I Salumi E I Formaggi
I Salumi E I Formaggi
La Piazza
La Macelleria
La Pasta Fresca
La Pescheria
La Pescheria & Chef Mario Batali
La Piazza
Assorted Foodstuffs
La Verdure
Restaurant Seating Area
Olive Oils
La Mozzarella
The sign doesn't lie...
La Piazza
Fried Bread & Pomodoro at Il Fritto
Italian Sodas
Handmade Pastas
La Carne
Pasta Sauces
Pasta & Oils
La Pizza
La Pizza
La Pizza
...and then Chef Graham Elliot stopped by NBD
Butternut Squash Ravioli from La Pasta
La Focacceria...3,000 loaves a day!
La Focacceria
La Focacceria
Il Pesce
Imported Seasonings
Olive Tree!
Olive Oil
Imported Balsamic Vinegar
Beautiful Veggies from La Verdure
La Birra and Il Vino
Eataly Chicago
43 E Ohio
Chicago, IL 60611


  1. This post makes me SO hungry! I miss Chicago so much - can't wait to see this when it opens!

    1. Let's go for lunch when you're in town! om nom nom


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