Savoring Italy glass by glass, bite by bite at Eataly

Feb 13, 2014 901

By Deborah Pankey

To answer the question that has been asked of me most often recently ... Yes, I, finally, have been to Eataly. And it was awesome. On a frigid Friday afternoon, a curt breeze blew me and a few friends into chef Mario Batali's temple to Italian culinary arts at 43 W. Ohio St. just steps off Chicago's Magnificent Mile. Carts of sun-ripened citrus welcomed me and the throngs of other shoppers.

While the orange-clogged celebrity chef certainly is the most recognizable of the partners, New York restaurateurs Joe Bastianich and Lydia Bastianich are part of the group that brought this culinary concept — originally opened in Turin, Italy — to New York and now to the Windy City.

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