If the cold weather has you dreaming of summer holidays already, you need to put a trip to Bologna right at the top of your list. The birthplace of spaghetti bolognese is now set become the home of what sounds like the happiest place on Earth – Eataly World.
Eataly World will take the concept of Mario Batali and Joe Bastianich’s dream-like Italian gourmet food store, which has branches dotted across the globe from New York to Dubai, to another level. Teaming up with the Italian Farming Factory FICA (Fabbrica Italiana Contadina), Eataly World will be a unique and expansive amusement park for Italian food lovers. Set on 25 acres, this Disney Land of food will be the size of a small town, with 25 restaurants on site. From street food style stalls to themed Italian eateries, the restaurants are just the tip of the iceberg.
Visitors can expect to wander greedily around 10,000 square metres of market stalls with the finest artisan producers showcasing their delicious wares, but Eataly also offers food for the hungry mind. With 10 training classrooms focusing on explaining the farm to fork process and agri-food chains, a fulling function 10,000 square metre farm with demo fields and workshops held by master craftsmen of fine Italian food, education is most definitely on the menu at Eataly World.
Founder of Eataly World, Oscar Farinetti hopes the venture will be “the showroom of the Italian excellence, the showcase for Italy in front of the World.” The founders aim to bring to FICO Eataly World “the excellence of Italian food and wines and the beauty of the Italian agri-food industry, including the traditional skills of our artisans and the best food industry know how,” said Managing Director Tiziana Primori.
There are few who can resist the allure of Italy’s delicious cuisine, and Eataly World will allow both connoisseurs and curious food lovers to immerse themselves in a fully interactive gourmet experience. For now, we have to wait in patient anticipation, as Eataly World is due to open in the second half of 2017.
With 6 million visitors from all over the world expected in its opening year, this sounds like one worth joining the queue for. The best part? Admission will be free, so all you have to worry about is getting your flights sorted.
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