Eataly in Downtown Chicago Should Be Your New Italian Grocery Store
After hours browsing the Thorne miniatures and the paintings, sculptures, and pottery at the Art Institute of Chicago, we were hungry. Jimmy wanted us to see a grocery store he thought we’d love called Eataly. He was right. This place is everything a grocery store should be. I’d imagine that Aaron and I could cook through each Marcella Hazan recipe in existence, or at least those found in The Essentials of Classic Italian Cooking, and not have to special order a single ingredient. These pictures don’t even begin to do it justice. You have to go see this place if you are near downtown Chicago. They’ll valet park your car so don’t worry about finding a spot. Even if you don’t cook, go in and try the food.
At this point, our happiness level was on overload so Jimmy confessed he was trying to seduce us into moving to Chicago; that being friends for more than a decade, he knew our weak spots and was exploiting them. It is working. I need this place in my life. I can see Aaron running out to get ingredients for dinner while the kids are at school or me picking something up on the way home from the office.
We’re heading over to The Second City to see an improv and sketch comedy show. It’s the place where a lot of folks in comedy, including Tina Fey, Steve Carell, and Stephen Colbert, got their start. I’m not sure what to expect but it sounds fun.