Eataly: A Must Stop For Anyone in Chicago


As we walked into the massive building housing Eataly, we didn’t know what to expect. Was this an oversized deil, a trendy boutique market – we had no idea.

Upon entering the first floor of Eataly, it was filled with bodies seeking high quality food options with many people enduring this wonderful two-story shopping and dining experience. On the main level, you can embark on Panini’s, a Nutella Crepe bar and a Gelato Bar just to get started.  We headed up to the second level to check out the cheese deli, restaurants, beer and wine selections and body care products. There are several small places to eat all specializing in something different. We decided to eat at the La Piazza Restaurant.

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We were seated and the waiter immediately came over to greet us. We started off with an appetizer of the Classica Mozzarella, which is house-made daily and served with extra virgin olive oil and sea salt. It was simply delicious. For our entrees, we got the Margherita Pizzette, which was a fried pizza with mozzarella, tomato sauce and basil and the Misto Di Pesce, which was a seafood assortment with parsley and lemon. It was probably the best pasta we’ve had in a long time. The seafood was cooked to perfection and the pasta was nothing short of amazing. The pizza was good and flavorful. It was a thin and crispy delicious crust.

The part that stands out the most was the service. You wouldn’t think a massive place of this undertaking would offer such great service, but Eataly delivers hands down in this category. The entire staff was friendly and beyond knowledgeable about the menu.


After the meal we walked around and browsed all the items available for purchase. This is a place you could get lost in for hours. What’s nice about Eataly is everything they cook you can purchase.  This is a great marketplace and restaurant concept and we wouldn’t be surprised to see many more opening up soon.

An A++ place in our opinion and definitely worth the trip to this busy area in Chicago just off of Michigan Avenue.


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