Last week, Dave and I had a fun overnight in downtown Chicago and stumbled upon the biggest thing in town ... the opening of Eataly, a 63,000 square foot Italian market.
|Eataly's cheese section|
Mario Bitali and Lidia Bastianich, two of the backers said, "the ultimate goal of Eataly is to encourage the home cook to assemble Italian meals at home."
I do not think that this is what they had in mind, but I brought home Lidia's tomato basil sauce and Mario's Alla Vodka pasta sauce, along with a delicious rustic loaf of bread.
As you can see, things are delicious but a little pricey.
I really wanted to try their coffee shop, nutella bar, pizza restaurant, panini bar, fresh mozzarella bar ...
but I have to save something for next time.
I intentionally carried their shopping bag home on the el (rather than putting it in my suitcase), and told Dave to watch how many people noticed. Yup, people were pointing at me, I mean my cool Eataly bag.
PS. Chicagoland gave such a great welcome to Eataly that by the end of the first week they had to close their doors for a day of restocking and giving their 500 employees a chance to breathe.