If you love eating homemade pasta, brick-oven pizza and crostini and zeppoles that taste like they’re straight out of an Italian nonna’s kitchen-you’re in luck. Eataly, the Italian dining and shopping Mecca created by Mario Bataly and Joe Bastianich, has announced that they will open a part entertainment, part ‘edutainment’ theme park in Bologna, Italy come September 2017. The park, dubbed FICO Eataly World, will be aimed at educating and entertaining visitors with endless home-grown deliciousness-as to be expected from the Italian grocery meets culinary wonderland.
The 20-acre theme park (to put things into perspective, that’s about double the size of their flagship New York location spread out across acres of fields in the Italian countryside rather than stacked high in a skyscraper) will include orchards, pastures and gardens as well as 25 restaurants and 40 workshops, where visitors can indulge on homemade everything-from pasta to pizza to vegetarian options-and shop along the way. To make shopping that much simpler and have tourists feeling as though they’re at their very own green market, bicycle-maker Bianchi has created their first-ever shopping rental bikes for the property complete with a jumbo-sized storage crate at the front, Bloomberg reports. To make this project the best it can be, the brand is sparing no expense, funneling $106 million into the park, to be exact. We’re hoping the super-sized budget is used toward freshly made cacio e pepe served in individually sized rounds of parmigiano reggiano upon entry and fondue fountains of Barolo and Nutella at every turn. Things we are hoping the park skips out on? A store that solely sells orange Crocs; that we can easily live without.
In addition to farming olives, fruits, vegetables and various nuts and legumes, the pastures will be home to nine different species of cows, five different kinds of sheep and various breeds of goats as well as rabbits, geese and guinea hens. In the workshops, pasta, sauce, cheese, beer and winemaking will all be on demo-and available to order and purchase at the Eataly World’s many shops and eateries.
Also in the works? An Eataly hotel to open on the grounds in 2018, which we venture to guess will have the world’s best room service. On its way to being the gourmand’s version of Disney World, complete with themed resorts, this tourist destination will undoubtedly be a food-lover’s paradise the moment it opens its doors next Fall.