August 26, 2014
A Visit To Eataly Chicago
I recently took a trip to The Home Depot's regional office in Chicago to talk to the kitchen designer associates about my new Quartz countertops and cabinet doors. It was a very fun and productive trip! I will be sharing more of it with you as Kitchen Week approaches. During the visit, I found some time to visit the Chicago based version of one of my favorite New York eateries - Eataly!
The lovely General Manager of Eataly, Raffaele Piarulli, was kind enough to give us a tour of the space. Within Eataly Chicago, there are 10 different eat-in restaurants and over 5,000 Italian products. At the end of the tour, we enjoyed a slice of the delicious foccacia with passata di pomodori pelati and house made mozzarella. If you're in the Chicago, Illinois area, visit this amazing Italian eatery and market place! Also, see their Facebook page for the the latest trends and events! Enjoy the photo gallery of our visit.
1 We first stopped in at the Lavazza Cafe. We were told that the Cremespresso was an absolute must-try! This very addictive frozen espresso drink did not disappoint! Yum!
2 Then we made our way over to the pastry department, where we found these beautiful single-portion desserts, all made fresh daily in-house by Pastry Chef Katia Delogu. From the bottom up: Baba’ with rum, Mimo Trio Chocolate Mousse, Semifreddo Alla Fragola, Baba’ al Limoncello and Tortina Tropici.
3 Eataly Chicago’s Salumi & Formaggi department has hundreds of excellent imported Italian cheeses and cured meats, but also carries some of the best local products as well, including dairy products from Illinois, Wisconsin and Indiana!
4 Here is a display of their 24-month-old Proscuitto di Parma DOP, caviocavallo and provolone cheeses in the Salumi and Formaggi department.
5 There are 10 restaurants featuring different aspects of Italian fare, within the 15,000 sq ft of Chicago's Italy. This one is called Ristorante della Carne and features cuts of Razza Piemontese beef.
6 Ristorante del Pesce is a fish-centric restaurant, which takes both a creative and a traditional approach to Italian seafood.
7 Freshly baked rustic bread right from their wood-burning ovens.
8 I took this photo of my tour group, from left to right - Valeria Fanelli, PR Associate at Eataly Chicago, Daisy Schwartzberg, my makeup artist, Jana Branson, Senior Publicity Manager at MSLO, Raffaele Piarulli, General Manager of Eataly Chicago and Rosma Gutierrez, AVP Deputy Design Director, MSLO.
9 Toward the end of our tour, we stopped to get a slice of foccacia with passata di pomodori pelati. Here I am pictured with my Senior Publicity Manager, Jana Branson
10 Here is the foccacia with passata di pomodori pelati and house made mozzarella. Delicious!
12 A nice photo of me and Chef Lee Wolen.
13 A nice photo of me and the very professional, talented staff at Boka. A nice end to a very full day!