My first visit to Eataly Chicago
It’s 2014, hoooray for the New Year and my first post is about our adventure in Eataly Chicago. Braving the cold weather, we took a cab to be able to experience this mini-Italian village where in you shop and dine with huge variety of meat, fish, pasta, and everything you need for your Italian cooking!
Eataly Chicago opened late last year and created a huge impact to all Chicagoans. The place is huge (about two storey building) with around 8 restaurants (from pasta, pizza, fish, meat and desserts). The best thing about this place is customers can directly shop those ingredients you need, all you have to do is to ask from their guest-relations department and they are very accommodating.
Eataly is owned by our favorite chef/restauranteur Mario Batali and his partners Joe and Lidia Bastianich. Eataly Chicago is the second US location, the first one in in New York and outside US – 9 in Japan, 8 in Italy.
Fishcentric restaurant is called “Il Pesce”
Meatcentric restaurant is called “La Carne”
Fried Food “Friggitoria”
whew, a lot more to learn 🙂
You may check their official website for a detail information of each restaurants, their opening hours and reservations (for fine dining).
I love pizza & pasta but the line is too long for table reservation that’s why we ended up at Il Pesce (Fish). We ordered the award winning “Lobster” and fried potatoes. It was really good! Then, we checked the cheese, wine and pasta section located on the second floor. One of my mission on that night is to buy something from “Nutella bar” which is on the first floor as we went down and I lined up to order the Nutella muffin.
The first floor has its famous chocolates, cookies and yogurt. We sat and have some coffee (the weather is really cold on that night!) as we plan our next adventure which is going to Magnificent Mile and Navy Pier nyahahaha.
I will definitely going back to Eataly to try other dishes.
Eataly 43 E. Ohio St.
Open Mon – Sun., 10 am – 11 pm
Parking (with a $20 Eataly purchase):
Garage at 10 E. Grand Ave. (The Shops at North Bridge)
0 – 60 min.: Free
61 min. – 3 hours: $10
3 hours or more: regular prices
Official website: http://www.eataly.com/eataly-chicago/
Here’s my video as we tour the first floor of Eataly. Sorry for the shaky video, hehe