1 Epic Week, 3 Amazing Eataly’s!

Chicago, Boston and New York City, U.S.A.! Giant Eataly’s in all three of these major U.S. cities – Oh, what a delicious trip it was!

Eataly Chicago

Eataly Chicago

Having spent three months in Florence (Firenzi) Italy in 2014, I became familiar with a larger-than-normal Italian grocery near the Duomo called Eataly. I stumbled onto it one day while exploring. I sat outside, ordered a slice of pizza and a nice glass of local wine. It wasn’t until our Italian professoressa mentioned it in class that I understood what a treat Eataly was! Eataly is a vibrant Italian market featuring great produce, organic products, multiple indoor dining options, cooking classes, imported cheeses, meats, olive oil, wine, pasta – and OH SO MUCH more!!

Eataly Florence

Eataly Florence

So onto our first stop: Eataly, Chicago!

Giant wheels of parmigiano and other delicious cheeses!!

Eataly Chicago

Eataly Chicago

Don’t forget a Spritz for aperitivo! And if you’ve been fortunate enough to have been to Harry’s Bar in Venice (and YES, there IS a Hemingway connection!), you’ll know where the “Bellini” comes from : )

Eataly Chicago

Eataly Chicago

Need extra virgin olive oil? Of course you do! There is plenty at Eataly!

Eataly Chicago

Eataly Chicago

A ginormous assortment of imported dry goods like pasta and risotto!

Eataly Chicago

Eataly Chicago

And then there are the classes (check with the individual Eataly) and the books! Peruse and select your special purchase from the plethora of Italian-themed books, including cookbooks and food-centric tomes by your favorite celebrities!

Eataly Chicago

Eataly Chicago

And finally, in Chicago’s Eataly the entire store is dedicated to the memory of Ernest Hemingway. He served and was wounded in Italy while driving an ambulance during World War I. Italy also figures large in several of Hemingway’s novels, such as the classic A Farewell to Arms.

Eataly Chicago

Eataly Chicago

Next up: Eataly Boston!

I have to admit that Eataly Boston was my least favorite of the three I visited.  The reason is because it actually seems like it is located in an indoor mall (which technically I think Prudential Center is). In Florence, most shops and cafes are connected to the outside – the front-door usually accessed via the street that it’s on. So even though all of Eataly’s restaurants are inside, something about the ambiance felt a little off. Nevertheless, once you step inside, the feeling of embarking on a bit of Italian wonder in the heart of Boston, Massachusetts is all there! There are a formidable four restaurants to choose from: Terra, La Piazza, La Pizza & La Pasta, and Il Pesce, not to mention 2 caffes – Caffè Vergnano and Caffe Lavazza. The groceries available are all awesome. Here is an image of Culture Honey contributor Catherine Hommes and I just as we were about to engage : )

Eataly Boston

Eataly Boston

The vegetables were beautiful!

Eataly Boston

Eataly Boston

Eataly can definitely be a one-stop shop for locals in search of quality staples!

Eataly Boston

Eataly Boston

Did we mention the pasta selection?

Eataly Boston

Eataly Boston

Beautiful cured prosciutto!

Eataly Boston

Eataly Boston

Pesce and other seafood!

Eataly Boston

Eataly Boston

Loads and loads of yummy dining still make Eataly Boston a wonderful and tasty way of spending a few hours in the city!

Eataly Boston

Eataly Boston

On to Eataly NYC Flatiron!

Eataly NYC Flatiron

Eataly NYC Flatiron

Let me just say that Eataly NYC Flatiron was JUMPIN’!  It wasn’t even a weekend, and yet it seemed that everyone had the same idea – let’s eat at Eataly!!

Eataly NYC Flatiron

Eataly NYC Flatiron

There were adults chatting away with a lovely glass of wine, and families with handmade pizza dough with their favorite toppings!
Eataly NYC Flatiron

Eataly NYC Flatiron

Or how about grocery shopping for fresh produce?
Eataly NYC Flatiron

Eataly NYC Flatiron

Or my dad’s favorite, finding the beef!!
Eataly NYC Flatiron

Eataly NYC Flatiron

Eataly NYC Flatiron

Eataly NYC Flatiron

Or if you need your Italian cook or serving ware, all can be found at Eataly!

Eataly NYC Flatiron

Eataly NYC Flatiron

One more look at the cheese…. ahhhhhh *sigh*…

Eataly NYC Flatiron

Eataly NYC Flatiron

One more dish of handmade (daily) pasta… and it’s buona notte, New York! Next time, I hope to be in Firenzi!! Ciao!!


Eataly NYC Flatiron

Eataly NYC Flatiron

What a satisfying, wonderful week of Eataly it has been!!

Eataly Chicago (FINAL Story Shot)

Eataly Chicago

Eataly Chicago
Italian Grocery Store · The Shops at North Bridge
Chicago, IL
(312) 521-8700

Eataly Boston
Italian Grocery Store · Prudential Center Boston
Boston, MA
(617) 807-7300

Eataly NYC Flatiron
Italian Grocery Store
New York, NY
(212) 229-2560
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