Eataly

Restaurants, Italian River North
4 out of 5 stars
(9user reviews)
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Photograph: Martha WilliamsPastry in Eataly.
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Photograph: Martha WilliamsPastry in Eataly.
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Photograph: Martha WilliamsPastry in Eataly.
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Photograph: Martha WilliamsPastry in Eataly.
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Photograph: Martha WilliamsPistachio gelato at Lait Gelato & Il Gelato in Eataly.
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Photograph: Martha WilliamsNutella crepe at Nutella in Eataly
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Photograph: Martha WilliamsNutella crepe at Nutella in Eataly
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Photograph: Martha WilliamsNutella crepe at Nutella in Eataly
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Photograph: Martha WilliamsNutella and bread at Nutella in Eataly.
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Photograph: Martha WilliamsGran Bar Lavazza in Eataly.
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Photograph: Martha WilliamsNeve sulla lava at Gran Bar Lavazza in Eataly.
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Photograph: Martha WilliamsCookies at Gran Bar Lavazza in Eataly.
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Photograph: Martha WilliamsPiemonte at Gran Bar Lavazza in Eataly.
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Photograph: Martha WilliamsCookies at Gran Bar Lavazza in Eataly.
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Photograph: Martha WilliamsCookies at Gran Bar Lavazza in Eataly.
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Photograph: Martha WilliamsEataly
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Photograph: Martha WilliamsMozzarella and beet salad at La Mozzarella in Eataly.
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Photograph: Martha WilliamsIL Crudo in Eataly.
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Photograph: Martha WilliamsFritto Misto De Pesce in at La Piazza at Eataly.
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Photograph: Martha WilliamsLa Piazza in Eataly
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Photograph: Martha WilliamsMeats and cheeses at La Piazza in Eataly.
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Photograph: Martha WilliamsSuppli in La Piazza at Eataly.
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Photograph: Martha WilliamsFresh pasta in Eataly.
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Photograph: Martha WilliamsFresh pasta in Eataly.
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Photograph: Martha WilliamsFresh pasta in Eataly.
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Photograph: Martha WilliamsCarne cruda from La Carne at Eataly.
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Photograph: Martha WilliamsLa Carne at Eataly.
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Photograph: Martha WilliamsLa Carne at Eataly.
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Photograph: Martha WilliamsLa Pizza vera napoletana in Eataly.
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Photograph: Martha WilliamsLa Pizza vera napoletana in Eataly.
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Photograph: Martha WilliamsLa Pizza vera napoletana in Eataly
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Photograph: Martha WilliamsMargherita pizza at La Pizza vera napoletana in Eataly.
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Photograph: Martha WilliamsLa Pizza vera napoletana in Eataly.
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Photograph: Martha WilliamsPiatti in La Verdure at Eataly.
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Photograph: Martha WilliamsLa Verdure at Eataly
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Photograph: Martha WilliamsInsalata tricolore in La Verdure at Eataly.
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Photograph: Martha WilliamsVino Libero in Eataly.
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Photograph: Martha WilliamsVino Libero in Eataly.
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Photograph: Martha WilliamsBirreria at Eataly.
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Photograph: Martha WilliamsBitches brew beer in Birreria at Eataly.
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Photograph: Martha WilliamsFoccacceria at Eataly.
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Photograph: Martha WilliamsSquash focaccia Foccacceria at Eataly.
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Photograph: Martha WilliamsFoccacceria at Eataly.
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Photograph: Martha WilliamsProsciutto crudo di parma in Foccacceria at Eataly.
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Photograph: Martha WilliamsLa Rosticceria in Eataly.
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Photograph: Martha WilliamsLa Rosticceria in Eataly.
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Photograph: Martha WilliamsSalumi Formaggi in Eataly.
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Photograph: Martha WilliamsSalumi Formaggi in Eataly.
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Photograph: Martha WilliamsButcher in Eataly.
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Photograph: Martha WilliamsFishmonger in Eataly.

The Italian mega-store brought 22 restaurants to Chicago, in the form of a seafood counter, vegetable butcher, pasta shop, wine stores, a Nutella bar and more. For reviews of each place and tips on how to best handle the space, read our Eataly guide.

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Venue name: Eataly
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Address: 43 E Ohio St
Chicago
60611
Transport: El stop: Red to Garfield (Red). Bus: 29, 65.
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Average User Rating

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tastemaker

I freaking hate Eataly, contrary to popular opinion it seems. But I honestly hate everything about this place. The smorgasbord of Italian retail and restaurant options is serious anxiety-inducing sensory overload for me... I'd much rather have one or two restaurant options and a small retail section of carefully curated goods--not 20 different types of plain tomato sauce. I've eaten here three times, and I was disappointed with my meal all three times: the pasta, the pizza, the salad, and the seafood stew, were all just sort of bleh. It must not be my preferred type of Italian food, I dunno. The last time I came here, I had a gift card to burn, but I do not plan on going back.

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I'm a big fan of Eataly and have a different experience there every time I go. It's a great spot for out of town guests, but also as a regular stop off for a quick bite or a full sit down dinner experience. As mentioned below it can be a bit pricey, but nothing more than expected in that area and you can still find great deals (focaccia bread for just a couple bucks)! I attended for a special event once that while wonderful, was completely oversold so it dampened the experience. Hopefully for similar events in the future they'll cut off ticket sales at a more reasonable number. 


Definitely recommended!

Tastemaker

I end up at Eataly every time my family visits - and we're there for hours. What's so intriguing about this place is the amount of ideas crammed into one space. You can grocery shop, eat at one of the mini restaurants, take a cooking class, sip cocktails at the bar, watch the butchers work their magic behind the counters (ask to sample salami and cheese), and finish your trip with authentic gelato or espresso. It's a foodie's dream. The last time we went, we surprised my aunt (for her birthday) with tickets to a cheese making class - "Behind the Scenes in the Mozerella Lab." We got to wear paper chef hats and learn first hand from a certified cheesemonger (yes, that's a title) how to roll fresh mozzarella, and of course, taste the finished product. Other classes include "Get to know Gnocci," "The Colorful World of Pasta," pizza workshops and "Sausage 101" - basically, all things Italian. It's almost overwhelming, so they offer walking tours on the website. I recommend trying it all. Your experience will be "sorpredente!"


great selection of different meats, cheeses, pastas, pizzas and sea food! love going to Eataly to split a cheese board, a pizza and bottle of wine with a friend. perfect amount of food and a great atmosphere! The service was very nice and the food came out quickly.

tastemaker

t's just such a great field trip! Good for out-of-town guests!

While it can be pricey, there are so many interesting things to see and try. Be sure to pick up a map from the guest relations desk downstairs. It can be overwhelming if you don't know your way around. Ask lots of questions.

Everyone is really helpful and knowledgeable and happy to offer suggestions. Food is delicious. I've yet to try something I didn't like!

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This Italian mega shop is absolutely huge and amazing! I love their little restaurants within the restaurant, so you can have your pick of seafood, pasta, pizza, or even a wine bar! I enjoyed some delicious antipasti misto, complete with my favorite all things pickled - red peppers, beets, sweet potato. Also a deliciously al dente burrata rigatoni and of course a trip to the gelato bar! I chose a salted caramel that was just sweet enough and the pistachio was fantastic as well. Such a fun place to explore for a couple of hours if you want to pick up sauce or olive oil, and have a tasty meal afterward.

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This review is specifically for their new pizzeria called Pizza Alla Palla on the second level.

I love Eataly, and their new Roman Style Pizzeria is no shortage of brilliance. They even flew in a baker from Italy to open and oversee the operation for the first three months. Thats no joke. He is there training and cooking up these beautiful thick, chewy pillows of goodness. 


I would recommend sharing one of these things, because it is very filling. I tried the Tricolore which is in their $22 dollar category, and it was absolutely delicious. Because the dough is so thick, they tend to cook the dough first, and then add the toppings on after in most cases. The Tricolore had delicious Prosciutto di Parma, housemade stracciatella cheese, arugula, and cherry tomatoes. Just add a little bit of fresh cracked black pepper and salt on the top, and prepare to be whisked away to heaven. 

tastemaker

My Eataly experience was overwhelming, but in a good way. This massive Little Italy-esque place is full of wonderful Italian things like wine, cheese, olive oil and gelato, to name a few. It brought me back to when I was in Italy.  I enjoy the combination of everything you need in one place: wine shop, cheese shop, pasta shop, restaurants and dessert bars. I especially enjoy the Nutella bar! Yes, it's as amazing as it sounds. And or course, let's not forget the gelato bar! I highly recommend this place especially if you live anything Italian.