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A name that combines the words eat and Italy, Eataly is a popular destination for foodies alike. The concept was created in November 2002 by Oscar Farinetti who originally sketched the idea on a piece of paper. The basis of his plan was to gather high-quality food at reasonable prices for everyone while taking the time to celebrate Italian biodiversity. Eataly is praised for its informal characteristics and its focus on a simple atmosphere for guests to eat, shop, and learn. One of the main purposes for creating Eataly was to show how easy it was to prepare classic Italian dishes. For those who are interested in trying new things and learning along the way, Eataly is a great choice. That is why they hold cooking classes to teach you the art of Italian cuisine.

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The opening of Eataly in Chicago was on December 2, 2013. At the time of its construction, it was the largest Eataly location in the United States. Later, the Los Angeles location surpassed Eataly Chicago to become the largest. The New York Times has described Eataly as a “megastore” that “combines elements of a bustling European open market, a Whole-Foods-style supermarket, a high-end food court, and a New Age learning center”. Inside the building, guests can expect to find a variety of restaurants, food and beverage counters, bakeries, retail items, and a cooking school. Since then, Eataly has expanded its reach with more than 40 locations throughout Italy and the world. Whatever the cook in their five restaurants, they sell in the stores so don't be afraid to ask what products were in your meal! Besides cooking classes, they also have a variety of events from wine tastings to communal dinners to holiday parties.

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