Big news on the Eataly Chicago front: Eater Chicago reports that in addition to the previously reported eight restaurants, chef Mario Batali and partner Joe Bastianich announced plans for a Nutella bar. It will be a stand-up bar where customers can order various "little snacks" with hazelnut spread like crepes and toast.
They'll also be bringing an osteria called Baffo. Baffo will be similar to Batali's Michelin-starred New York City restaurant Babbo, with a menu of fresh pastas, salumi, and more designed by Batali. The chef says Baffo will serve "seasonal regional American ingredients cooked with traditional Italian techniques using Italian born pantry staples." The 65-seat, white tablecloth restaurant will have a "polished yet comfortable" atmosphere, Batali says.
Other tightly-focused dining options within the 63,000-square-foot Eataly will include a seafood restaurant, a pizzeria, a meat-centric restaurant, a flatbread concept, and a restaurant dedicated to fried food. Eataly Chicago is slated to open in November.
· Eataly to Include a Separate Osteria and a Nutella Bar [Eater Chicago]
· All Eataly Chicago Coverage on Eater [-E-]