Our first stop, Eataly, a clever play on the words eat and italy, is a marketplace featuring local artisanal food and wine products from all over Italy. Something food related? We definitely wanted to check it out. It took us a while to get through the city to arrive in an area called Lingotto. When we walked in our mouths just fell open.
There were rows and rows of pasta, rice, flour, oils, jars of every variation of tomato sauce you can imagine, and colorful displays of fruits and vegetables. There was an in-house bakery churning out delicious smelling fresh bread. The pastry counter had a beautiful selection of cakes and desserts. The cheese selection was huge, there was a big case just for local cheese from Piemonte. The selection of meat and fish was just as impressive.
And tucked in between the aisles and food counters, were small restaurants specializing in pasta, meat, vegetables, fish, etc. I glanced at the menus and the prices were reasonable. You could make a little food tour going from station to station. It was still early for lunch when we were there but I've heard it gets crowded with locals and tourists alike at lunch and dinner.
Downstairs, we found some climate-controlled cellars showing how cheese and cured meats are traditionally stored. The smell in the Parmesan Reggiano room was delicious.
In the wine section, in addition to the huge selection of wines, you can also purchase wine by the 2 litre bottles straight from the barrel.
And if you're a lover of beer, you have this whole wall of different beers to choose from.
And of course, a place to sit and have a meal paired with beer. There's also a similar restaurant in the wine section.
We grabbed a basket and picked up some food stuff that didn't need refrigeration since we had a whole day ahead of us. We also had fun picking out some items to make up a gourmet food basket for a friend's birthday gift. My stomach was growling but unfortunately we couldn't stop to eat. We had reservations for lunch at another place.
But we will for sure be back with more time for the whole experience. We had discovered a culinary food lovers dream. If you're in the area or passing by, it is worth a stop. It is the only place we've seen in Italy where you can find such a variety of gourmet food products, and they are surprisingly reasonably priced. They also hold special dinners, cooking lessons and tasting events.
Via Nizza, 230 / 14