River North Neighborhood Welcomes Eataly

Posted by Helaine Cohen on Monday, January 6th, 2014 at 6:38pm.

The River North neighborhood of Chicago has long been a destination for foodies and culinary enthusiasts not just around the city and the United States as a whole, but the entire world. And the neighborhood isn’t done upping its game either as Eataly, a 63,000-square-foot Italian food market has opened its doors for business.

Located at 43 E. Ohio Ave.,in the heart of River North the market is the brainchild of noted Italian chef Mario Batali, as well as Lidia Matticchio Bastianich and Joe Bastianich. The massive food market features eight restaurants in all, including retail counters for cheese, meat, fish pasta, cured meat and pasties; a Nutella counter; two coffee bars; microbrewery; gelateria; bookstore and more.

In an interview with TimeOut Chicago, Alex Saper, partner and general manager of the Chicago store, talked about how most of the products in Eataly will be either from Italy or local.

“We bring the best we can from Italy, like pastas, sauces, canned tomatoes, honey, cheeses, jams,” Saper told the news source. “Then we have a lot of Chicago products as well—cheeses, local dairy eggs, chicken. We try to be as local as possible with meats, fruits and vegetables but it’s obvious we’re not getting local tomatoes in January.”

Saper added that everything is confined to two floors with the idea to integrate everything and make it easily accessible to shoppers.

The River North neighborhood continues to expand and offer amenities to condos owners and attractions that just aren’t found anywhere else. It is just one of many reasons why this condo market is on the rise as more professionals and families are relocating to this trendy downtown hub. If you’d like to learn more about Chicago condos for sale in River North, please contact me today. I’d be more than happy to show you around.

Helaine Cohen, Chicago Real Estate Broker

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