Eataly, Mario Batali's amusement park-esque complex of Italian restaurants, groceries, and kitchenware in New York City (and very soon, Chicago), could also appear in Boston. The Globe reports that Batali and his partners have been eyeing real estate here for "more than a year" to find the perfect spot. It's still a long way off as nothing has been signed yet, but spots in Quincy Market and Back Bay have been of particular interest for the team. A Boston location would require at least 30,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor space to make way for the multiple restaurants and shops that make up the Eataly experience. Manhattan's version takes up 50,000 square feet.
This isn't Batali's first attempt to expand his empire to Boston, but his previous project in the works — a Babbo Pizzeria e Enoteca in Fort point — fell through over the summer, reportedly in part due to issues with his need for a wood-burning oven.
· Mario Batali's Eataly may come to Boston [BG]
· All coverage of Mario Batali on Eater [~EBOS~]