One of my favorite places in New York City is an Italian foodie fantasy called “Eataly.” I have written about it before – it is a “high end temple to Italian food,” quoting the Wine Spectator. Part market, part cafe, part wine store, the highly successful 58,000 square foot gastronomical attraction opened in 2010, and is now one of 20 locations worldwide. The new one in Rome is more than 150,000 square feet on four floors – and built in an abandoned railway terminal. Cool.
Eataly is family friendly, but also offers chef and winemaker-lead workshops.
The epicurean empire is growing quickly – this month’s Wine Spectator features the creator, Oscart Farinetti, and says there are plans to open 17 more in the next few years – Chicago, Los Angeles, and Washington DC being a few. Internationally, we will see one in Dubai, Brazil, Istanbul, and Canada.
Eataly fans -rejoice.
Or not? What I love about it is that there AREN’T many of them right now. I am thrilled Eataly will be coming close to me, and travelers worldwide can visit in many places soon… but will it lose it’s specialness and quality? Eataly works closely with the Slow Food movement, which values local, quality produced food. Eataly does an amazing job right now of educating foodies about regions of Italy and what is produced there.
The Wine Spectator article is a good read about the creator and his business plans. If you are a fan, I recommend it….
As Eataly’s owner himself once said – one of my favorite quotes – “Optimisim is the perfume of life”. On that note, I am hoping for Eataly’s continued high quality contributions to the gourmet and the traveler, despite it’s rapid growth…