Just came back from a trip to Chicago and managed lunch and shopping at my favorite Italian marketplace—Eataly! With restaurants, beverage and food counters, a bakery, a retail store, and a cooking school, it is probably the best selection of Italian food products I have seen in one location since I moved away from the New York / New Jersey area. Today’s best purchase—a generous slice of the sharpest provolone they had in stock. Aged for two years, it crumbles as it is sliced, melts in your mouth, and has a delectable flavor bite.
After the tastes and the smells of Eataly, my favorite part is the extensive collection of books about Italian food, Italian culture, and Italian travel. And because the Chicago Eataly store is dedicated to Ernest Hemingway, the bookshelves also include selections by the famous Nobel Prize winner and Chicago native. Today I picked up Eataly’s signature book, How to Eataly: A Guide to Buying, Cooking, and Eating Italian Food. I guarantee that I will devour the book as much as I will the food.