Eataly Chicago: Chef and entrepreneur Mario Batali introduces the new Eataly Chicago Italian market and eatery

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Admit it: Thanksgiving festivities aside, a gigantic bowl of tagliatelle with clams, a couple of meatballs, a side of polenta and a robust, earthy red to wash it all down, sounds much better right about now, doesn’t it?

Mario Batali bet his Crocs on it.

Come Monday, the famously burly, sandled chef and a small cadre of investors will open Eataly Chicago in the River North neighborhood: a ginormous, two-story, $28 million theme park of Italian food and culture. Actually, with 63,000 square feet and 23 different dining options (that’s 13,000 more square feet and nine more options than the Eataly Batali opened in New York in 2010) you might even call it a kind of aircraft hangar of Italian-eating excess.

Complete article here: Eataly Chicago: Chef and entrepreneur Mario Batali introduces the new Eataly Chicago Italian market and eatery – Chicago Tribune.

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