The philosophy behind Eataly is a simple one: Eat, Shop, Learn. The very first Eataly opened in Torino, Italy in 2007, with the purpose of helping people discover what they love about Italian food, and furthermore helping them learn more about the things they love. Each Eataly store is formatted so that visitors can taste food at the restaurants, shop for the ingredients in the marketplace, and learn how to recreate the recipe at home.
Eataly has since expanded to include over 30 locations in 9 different countries, and is now opening a location right here in Boston. Tomorrow afternoon at 4:00 p.m., Eataly’s newest location will be celebrating its grand opening at the Prudential Center. The location will aim to incorporate favorites from the other stores around the world, but also introduce some unique Boston twists.
The market will offer local food and drink in addition to Italian fare, and is making strides to work with small New England farmers to receive high-quality products alongside the artisanal Italian goods that are Eataly’s trademark. As may be expected, the Boston location will have a heavy focus on seafood, including local fish and depictions of the New England fishing community. This location will include an elegant-casual seafood restaurant, Il Pesce, as well as a raw bar, Il Crudo.
The Eataly in Boston will include four restaurants, 10 take-away counters, 5 bars, a marketplace, and a cooking school. The creators of Eataly are making sure not to reveal too many details about the location, but for more information be sure to check out their website: eataly.com.
This author has been to Eataly locations in both New York City and Milan, and can personally attest to the great tastes and wonderful experience. Be sure to check out this new Boston location. Need a little added incentive? The first 100 people in line at tomorrow’s grand opening will get a free glass of wine!