Friday, November 01, 2013

Mario Batali's Eataly May Be Coming to Boston

It looks like a celebrity chef might be bringing a location of his popular Manhattan emporium to Boston.

The Boston Globe is reporting that Mario Batali and his business partners are checking out sites in Boston as possible locations of Eataly, a huge Italian marketplace that first opened in 2010 in the Madison Square section of New York. The article says one site that they are looking at is Faneuil Hall/Quincy Market, though they are also interested in the city's Back Bay neighborhood as well as other parts of Boston. If Eataly does come to the city, it wouldn't open until at least 2015.

The Globe article says that another Eataly--which will be even bigger than the original--is opening in Chicago this month.

[February 13, 2015 update: It appears that things may be moving forward with Eataly coming to Boston, as a response from Mario Batali last week to a follower's Twitter question on news about the place was, "we are very close !!!"]

The website for Eataly can be found at