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Posted by Vanessa45 
October 12, 2017 04:37PM
Has anyone been to an Eataly before? There are 30 franchises around the world, Ive never been or even heard of it until now.

The forthcoming Italian food fantasyland serves up pasta, wine, workshops, rides—and adult-sized tricycles.

When it opens its doors on November 15, FICO Eataly World will be unlike anything the food arena has ever seen: As part of the sprawling, 20-acre complex in Bologna, Italy, there will be 108,000 square feet of orchards, pastures, and gardens; six rides; 40 workshops; and 25 restaurants and food stalls from which to pick your pizza, pasta, and polenta.

Adding to the grown-up theme park vibe, there will be 500 adult-sized tricycles with shopping baskets, designed especially for the complex by celebrated Italian bike makers Bianchi.

Initially I thought how cool but then thought maybe they were americanising Italy?

I loved all the small trattorias, with all their quirks. I cant say I ate amazing Italian food but was travelling on a budget. I did LOVE the selections at delis and cafes/cake shops however.

Heres the link from Conde Nast Traveller

Re: Eataly
October 12, 2017 05:10PM
Ha! I have just booked customers to stay in Bologna for the 11th to 13th November - and that goes someway towards explaining why I had trouble sourcing accommodation!

But in answer to your question - no, never heard of it before
Re: Eataly
October 12, 2017 05:52PM
Americanising? Infantilising by the sounds of it. Sounds ghastly.
Re: Eataly
October 13, 2017 08:00AM
What doesn't appeal TPANDAV? Apart from the bikes I think it sounds like a very interesting and informative place.
Re: Eataly
October 13, 2017 05:05PM
I'm with TPANDAV!
Re: Eataly
October 13, 2017 06:29PM
Griz Wrote:
> What doesn't appeal TPANDAV?

For a start, "Fantasyland" and "grown-up theme park vibe".

Italy's food culture has a long and honourable tradition and it is easy to find authentic and delicious traditional food almost anywhere, even in supermarkets. There is more to Italian food than pizza and pasta. I am repelled by the idea of dumbing it down and creating a Disneyland-style theme park which will most likely ruin the trade of many genuine eateries and food retailers.
Re: Eataly
October 14, 2017 02:27AM
I've briefly been inside the one in New York (it's a Nosh-style collection of stuff in one place). To be honest I was puzzled by it. I think Italian food is very approachable and doesn't need explaining or putting into a more familiar context, and that's what Eataly felt like - Italy for the timid.
Re: Eataly
November 18, 2017 03:16AM
On an MSC Cruise ship we enjoyed a beautiful meal in the Eataly Restaurant. I am the proud owner of one of their aprons.

Kind Regards

Anne Sutherland
Re: Eataly
November 19, 2017 05:49AM
Here's a review. []
Re: Eataly
November 26, 2017 02:45PM
I can see the appeal but I'm slightly horrified. It's a great way to for tourists to access food from all over Italy without having to travel to different regions. However, one of the big appeals of food for me is the regionality. It's also good for tourists who are intimidated by going into little local shops and might otherwise just stick to supermarkets, but then you wonder if those people would be interested in food enough to go to a food 'theme park'.

If I were travelling in the area I'd definitely go there because the concept is fascinating and the museum/education aspect appeals.

Edited 2 time(s). Last edit at 11/26/2017 02:49PM by DK.
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