Fico Eataly World — Eataly’s 20-acre Bologna theme park dedicated to Italian agriculture and food production — is living up to its “Disney World for Food Lovers” moniker. Eater previously reported that the park would include restaurants, rides, farming factories, a marketplace, and classes, and now, Conde Nast Traveler has revealed a bit more about what exactly visitors to the park can expect when it opens November 15.
Eataly World’s 40 restaurants and refreshment stations will include three outposts of Michelin-starred restaurants, including Guido, whose flagship is in Rimini, Italy. Italian dining guide Le Soste will also host a series of cooking demonstrations by chefs from Michelin-starred restaurants. Milan’s Enrico Bertolini and Massimo Bottura, chef at onetime World’s 50 Best top-ranked restaurant Osteria Francescana, will select the lineup.
Demonstrations and education are central to Fico Eataly World. Visitors can attend cooking classes and pay for behind-the-scenes pasta tours, where they can see how pasta is made. The “rides” will have educational themes like “man and the sea” and “man and animals,” all taken from Eataly founder Oscar Farinetti’s book, Ricordiamoci Il Futuro.
And speaking of animals, Eataly World will have plenty. The park will produce its own cheese and yogurt with a herd of cows on site. Truffle-hunting dogs will participate in daily demonstrations in an area of the park dubbed “Terra del Tartufo” or “Truffle Land.” (Conde Nast Traveler notes that although the park will grow truffles in this area, staff will plant black and white truffles for the dogs to find to prevent audience disappointment.)
Eataly will stock every kind of Italian liquor, and, according to the park’s alcohol specialist, will have the capability of making 1,000 different kinds of Negroni cocktails. Italian products will dominate 100,000 square feet of the Mercato, including items made on-site like the aforementioned cheese and $7 Fico-brand table wine. Visitors can mail these products home from Eataly World’s very own post office, or take them back to their cars, with the help of free-to-use tricycles equipped with produce baskets and chill bags.
Fico Eataly World rounds out its offerings with tennis and beach volleyball courts (rudely) situated next to the dessert station. We’ll keep holding out for a rock-climbing wall made out of Pecorino Romano.