5.14 Eataly Chicago

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Sweet home, Chicago.

As you may recall, I was never a huge fan of that city when I spent 20-something years living just next door to it.  So what’s with the change of heart?

The answer came to me this past weekend:  Beauty lies in the hands of the visitors.

Tooootally different attitude when arriving via cab on a beautiful spring day for a short business trip.  Quite different from fighting the motorist stampede upstream in a snowstorm attempting to get to a friend’s house before both Cubs and Hawks games.

Some Windy City ambiance that I didn’t realized I missed until my trip was lakeside breezes, Chicago sports jerseys, honking, spectacular food, Michigan Avenue hubbub and seas of yellow cabs.

On my first day, I moseyed down the street to Mario Batali’s Eataly.

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Half Italian supermarket filled with cooking ingredients, culinary books and tools of the trade and half Italian fare, it was quite a party for the senses.

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Cases full of stuffy, but stunning desserts glistened.

Crusty breads and focaccia were opposite a case of cheeses presented behind glass much like a case of fine Italian jewelry.

The restaurants were located on the upper floor and although I appreciated the wall-less, casual nature of the setup, it was quite confusing where to go to get seated for each small dining booth and which ones permitted to-go ordering like I was seeking.

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I ended up with a buffalo mozzarella baguette sandwich and a flourless hazelnut chocolate cake from the downstairs counters.

I can’t say either was spectacular.  The mozzarella was definitely the highlight overall.  I think for being a $6 mini dessert, I was bracing myself to be blown away.  And it was just ok.

Although my picks didn’t turn out to be outrageously good, Eataly is an absolute must-see for any food lover.

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It will not disappoint piquing your appetite, entertaining your eyes or yanking some green from your wallet because this is food fashion at its finest.

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2 Responses to 5.14 Eataly Chicago

  1. Abadabadoo says:

    Love your blog! You should post more often!!

  2. hungrygems says:

    Thanks doo! And thanks for stopping by…I have yet to post recipes like caramels and such so please stay tuned ;)

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