Friday, January 24, 2014

Friday Field Trip: Eataly Chicago

One of Chicago's newest attractions is Eataly-- an amazing mecca of everything Italian. From cheeses, sweets and meats to pasta and wine, the two-story building features a market downstairs, and cafes and restaurants throughout.

Johnny and I were lucky enough to be treated to a special tour of Eataly for a story I'm working on for Chicago Parent. Johnny's favorite? The Nutella bar. He gobbled two slices of freshly baked bread slathered with Nuttella. Second for Johnny was the Gelato.

But, Eataly isn't all sweets.
Upstairs, Johnny got a kick out of watching a woman make fresh mozzarella. (He scarfed down a few freshly cut pieces.) We also watched pasta being made and cut into interesting shapes. He begged me to buy flower-shaped raviolis. Little did he know they were stuffed with squash. (He loved them!)

With the wine and upscale eats, Eataly would be perfect for a date night. But, there's plenty for kids too. If we lived closer to the city, I can imagine we'd frequent this Italian treasure.


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