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Italian Food Wonderland Eataly Finds New Home In Las Vegas

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The first time I visited Southern California’s Eataly location in Century City, I was floored by all the wonders the Italian marketplace and food hall had to offer. They had authentic Italian meats, pastas, cheeses, as well as a bevy of restaurants that highlighted the spirit of traditional Italian cooking. It was a veritable playground of sorts for anyone in love with the culture and its expression through food.

Now, one of the most iconic cities in the country will be getting their very own spot to boast.

Eataly is opening its first-ever location in Las Vegas and the authentic Italian market place will find a home at the new resort Park MGM in December.

“Eataly Las Vegas will showcase our continued evolution,” Nicola Farinetti, CEO of Eataly USA, said. “We are integrating our retail store and restaurants further than ever before to create a more immersive and interactive experience surrounding premier food offerings.”

Las Vegas will be the sixth US location for Eataly, with 35 total locations worldwide. The new Park MGM will feature culinary programs which include Roy Choi’s Best Friend, Bavette’s Steakhouse, and NoMad restaurant.

With the hundreds of activities that Las Vegas has to offer, Eataly’s newest spot has just climbed to the top of the list

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An ITALIAN FOOD THEME PARK Is Opening Up This Fall

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Photo courtesy of FICO Eataly World.

Brace yourselves, folks. You’re about to be introduced to what may be the greatest food concept ever thought up.

Eataly, the authentic Italian grocery store chain with franchise owners like Food Network’s Mario Batali and former Masterchef judge Joe Bastianich, recently announced plans for a MASSIVE theme park solely dedicated to the celebration of Italian food. This park, FICO Eataly World, is scheduled to open this coming September in Bologna, Italy.

This is no ordinary theme park, as its mission and capabilities will easily rival those of Disneyworld’s Epcot (a foodie lover’s paradise in and of itself). According to Harpers Bazaar, the $106 million park will be run by the founders of Eataly (Oscar and Nicola Farinetti) and will be aimed at entertaining, feeding, and teaching parkgoers about home-grown Italian delights. FICO Eataly itself states it perfectly in its mission:

FICO Eataly World will be a place for food and environmental education, it shall provide children and young people from all over the world with the chance of getting to know the rich heritage of our country, thus becoming an ambassador of the Italian agri-food history and culture. It shall be a place where to study and to make practical experiences, where to come in contact with every single stage of the production chain.

Honestly, if you wanted to imagine the world’s greatest foodie paradise, this park would be it. The 20-acre theme park will be split into multiple sections, with a lot of the park dedicated to shops, markets, and restaurants. However, there will also be over 75,000 square feet dedicated to growing crops, as well as another 43,000 square feet for stables. (That all sounds like a lot of area to cover, but don’t worry, the theme park will have tricycles with shopping baskets available to get around quickly and purchase lots of stuff.)

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Photo courtesy of FICO Eataly World.

The park will also feature 10 educational classrooms, 40 workshop factories showcasing food production from start to finish, and a massive conference center for professional organizations to utilize, making this a place to not only discover, eat, and buy amazing food, but to learn about it and the importance of food and agriculture in our lives — all while businesses come to get inspired to make massive positive changes for the future of food.

That all sounds amazing and exciting, but it keeps getting better. The park will have a ton of solar power running into it, with over 44,000 solar panels being used to power the theme park. Wow. On top of that, Bloomberg reported there will be a 200-room hotel built on the property (slated to open in 2018), along with six massive virtual reality “rides” dedicated to topics ranging from milk to the future of food.

The team at Eataly couldn’t have picked a better location for its theme park — Bologna, Italy. Now it may not be as well-known an Italian city as say, Rome, but it is honestly one of the best cities to host a theme park dedicated to Italian food. Located in the heart of the Emilia-Romagna region of Northern Italy, this town is well-known for creating Mortadella, Salumi Rosa, Bolognese sauce, Lambrusco wine, and arguably, tortellini.

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All of these are incredible Italian delights, but that’s not all Bologna has to offer. It’s surrounded by towns and cities responsible for many of Italy’s other great foods, like balsamic vinegar from nearby Modena, Prosciutto from nearby Parma, and Parmigiano Reggiano from Reggio Emilia. If you wanted to go somewhere to try the best of Italian food, Bologna is definitely that place — and it doesn’t get very many tourists either, leaving the city in a beautiful, peaceful state year-round.

Italy is one of the world leaders when it comes to producing food in sustainable, traditional, and delicious ways — and this theme park will be one of the best ways to take it all in.

Look out, Bologna. The entire world is coming to visit and feast.

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ICYMI: LA is Getting a Nutella Bar! Probably

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Just a sweet little update for all our West Coast readers: fancy-shmancy Italian food court Eataly is finally making its way to Los Angeles, bringing along with it all manner of fancy shmancy Italian pastas and cheeses and meats and fishes. Oh, and a Nutella Bar!*

*(We’re assuming, since the other two U.S. locations have one. And if we’re not getting a Nutella Bar, we’ll just, you know, burn the place down or something.)

Set to open in Westfield Century City by 2017, the new Eataly LA is part of a $700m upgrade for the 422,000 square foot mall, reports Eater. Though the official list of restaurants has yet to be confirmed, we expect our future Nutella Bar to offer a decadent spread of chocolate hazelnut glory, including Nutella croissants, Nutella crepes, and even Nutella cookie sandwiches made with hazelnut cookies, like its east coast counterparts.

Now if only we could get a Dominique Ansel Bakery.

Picthx Eataly

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Dominique Ansel Celebrates CroNutell-iversaries with Nutella-Stuffed Cronut Holes

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A year ago, Dominique Ansel’s Cronut wrecked the food industry, siring legions of sloppily named copycats and at least five new synonyms for “frankenfood.” 50 years ago, Italian chocolatier Ferrero SpA first introduced its chocolate and hazelnut-flavored crack spread to the world. Next Monday, the two diet destroyers will be partnering up to wreak sweet havoc on New York’s Eataly complex (where the new Nutella bar just opened) by selling hundreds if not thousands of Nutella-stuffed Cronut holes to celebrate their birthdays. We give it about a minute before the whole borough just implodes.

From 10 am to 2 pm (or probably 6 am to 11 am if past events are any indication), Ansel will be slinging tiny, sugar-dusted and Nutella-stuffed Cronut middles at the pedestrian pavilion by Madison Square Park. According to Grub Street, the sampling event will also serve as the kickoff party for Nutella’s upcoming 16-city national tour.

That said, Ansel has kept quiet on whether the Cronutella holes will make their way to official bakery shelves, though, when you have waffles made out of ice cream, who needs Nutella?

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Nutella Bar Opening in NYC Monday

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Last Fall Eataly Chicago debuted a Nutella Bar that made the country drool with envy. Coming Monday May 12, Eataly New York will be following suit with the grand opening of their own bar fully stocked with that chocolate hazelnut gold.

The move comes after Eataly Vino violated manufacturing laws and was prohibited from selling booze until October. The Nutella Bar has taken the wine shop’s place in the mean time, however there’s no word if the Nutella Bar is a temporary installation until the shop can start selling alcohol again.

The new Nutella Bar will feature a full menu of Nutella-licious items including a buttery croissant filled with Nutella, Nutella mini tarts, and of course crepes filled with, you guessed it, Nutella. The sweets will run you between $3-$6 but can you really put a price on that Nutella goodness?

In honor of its grand opening the Nutella Bar will be offering free pieces of bread smothered with Nutella from 5PM-9PM. The Nutella Bar will be open daily at 10AM.

H/T + PicThx Gothamist

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Chicago Gets Full-Blown, Bona Fide Nutella Bar

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Oh, Chicago, how we envy you. Eataly Chicago, a 63,000-square -foot project spearheaded by Mario Batali and Joe Bastianic, opens its doors to the public on Monday, December 2. The 8-restaurant enterprise will feature a fully-stocked and staffed Nutella Bar, Eater reports.The bar will offer an array of bites, such as crepes and other sweets, decked out in the famed chocolate hazelnut spread.

Eataly boasts an expansive layout that’s 30 percent larger than its NYC predecessor and will also house a butcher and market. We imagine it will be the sort of place to enjoy a frou frou Nutella sandwich over your morning coffee. Sigh, we’ll be over here day dreaming and scooping ice cream out of half-eaten Nutella jars.

H/T Eater