You already know the drill: Eataly Boston opens at Boston’s Prudential Center on November 29 (800 Boylston St.) at 4 p.m. It’s a three-story playground of Italian food, part of an expanding international group that began in Turin, Italy close to a decade ago. There’s retail, grab-and-go, casual dining, full-service dining, cooking classes, and more. You can (and should) wander around with a glass of wine.
The Eataly team — founder Oscar Farinetti, CEO Nicola Farinetti (Oscar’s son), and partners Adam Saper, Alex Saper, Joe Bastianich, Lidia Bastianich, and Mario Batali — is very intent on emphasizing that Eataly Boston is not meant to be a cookie-cutter version of Eataly New York or any other Eataly. It’s full of locally sourced produce, dairy, and other ingredients, and the layout is different than other locations you may have visited.
Plus, you’ll recognize some familiar Boston faces wandering around the 45,000 square feet — chef Barbara Lynch (who is collaborating on a “casual elegant” seafood restaurant at Eataly, Il Pesce), BISq alum Dan Bazzinotti (Eater Boston’s 2015 Chef of the Year), Area Four alum Katie Kimble. Lourdes Smith — who quietly shuttered her well-regarded cheese business, Fiore di Nonno, last year — is part of Eataly Boston’s mozzarella-making team. There’s charcuterie from Waltham-based New England Charcuterie, milk from Crescent Ridge in Sharon, meat sourced by Savenor’s, seafood sourced by Wulf’s.
There’s plenty more to know about Eataly Boston; stay tuned for additional details as the opening date approaches. But for today, here’s a sneak peek inside the massive space, where you’ll soon be able to stay and eat — or take home everything you need to cook your own Italian feast.
- Eataly Boston Coverage [EBOS]
All photography by Rachel Leah Blumenthal for Eater