By Kate Krader
Italian food fans, gird your loins. Eataly World is almost here. When it opens its doors in Bologna in Sept. 2017 (if all goes as scheduled), the 20-acre complex promises to showcase 10,000-square meters (108,000-square feet) of orchards, gardens, and pastures; 40 different workshops where you can watch pasta and cheeses being made; and 25 different restaurants and food stalls. Eataly reps are projecting that six million tourists will come visit annually; two million will be foreigners.
For loyal followers of the Italian-focused megastore, it's the equivalent of a highly anticipated blockbuster film; it's the Avengers: Infinity War of food franchises, one that has almost 30 locations around the world, from Turin to Turkey to Tokyo.