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8 Reasons to Toast at Eataly Chicago

8 Reasons to Toast at Eataly Chicago

Colorful foliage, crisp air, hearty feasts — some of life’s best moments happen in the fall.

In other words: MORE REASONS TO DRINK!

This fall, we’re dedicating Eataly Chicago to wine (and beer and cider and spirits, of course). We've rounded up eight of our favorite fall things that give us an excuse to keep celebrating. Bottoms up!

1. THE HARVEST

Come for the wine...stay for the food.

When you eat in season, fruits and vegetables taste better and cost less. And right now, we're in the heart of la raccolta, the fall harvest! In Italy and the U.S., farmers and artisans have been working tirelessly to fill our plates and glasses with the riches of the land.

Eataly Chicago partners with Testa to bring local farms' best seasonal produce, so you can dig into rich dishes, such as grilled chicorymushroom risotto, and butternut squash ravioli. For best results, pair with premium wines, craft beers, and local ciders.

Salute!

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2. PIZZA

Come for the wine...stay for the pizza.

At Eataly Chicago, we believe that pizza is a serious thing. From deep-dish to tavern-style to our own napoletana, the love, labor, and traditions that go into the dish are incredible. Each pizzaiolo — pizza maker — is trained in the art and technique; each ingredient is significant, down to the smallest basil leaf.

So, we're bringing back Quattro Mani, your favorite pizza pairing series at La Pizza & La Pasta! Every Tuesday, a Chicagoan teams up with our pizzaioli to make a pizza using their choice of ingredients. The guest chef’s pizza will be plated side by side with a smaller version of our classic pizza napoletanaSee the pizza lineup.

Cin cin!

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3. BAROLO

Come for the wine...stay for the Barolo.

Yes, we want you to toast to more wine! Lauded as the "King of Wines and Wine of Kings," Barolo is made with 100% Nebbiolo grapes, a prized varietal grown in certified areas in the northern region of Piemonte. Across the world, the complex red wine is renowned for its bold flavors and graceful aging.

And guess what? We are celebrating Barolo Weeks from October 16 to 29, featuring Fontanafredda's best bottles in our restaurants, wine department, and beyond.

Cheers!

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4. RISOTTO

Come for the wine...stay for the risotto.

Forget a simple toast: we could write an ode to risotto. Comforting yet elegant, simple but complex — it's only fitting that risotto was created during the Renaissance, when swamps near Milano were transformed into rice paddies.

Get our guide to making the perfect risotto at home, or join us for a satisfying plate (tip: a new seasonal restaurant is headed to La Piazza!) at Eataly Chicago.

We'll drink to that!

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5. SWEETS

Come for the wine...stay for the sweets.

Halloween is around the corner! Sure, we're Italian, but we can get behind any holiday dedicated to sweets. We're not talking just any dolci, though: we want rich dark chocolates, crunchy artisanal candies, and freshly-baked pastries.

Leave the tricks at the door, and get treats in our market! (Extra points for throwing a chocolate tasting party: here's how.)

Treat yourself!

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6. PASTA

Come for the wine...stay for the pasta.

Let's raise a glass to pasta! Pasta always has your back, whether you are dining at your favorite restaurant, throwing a dinner party, or in need of a quick after-work meal. Pasta pairs with everyone and everything, from gluten-free and vegetarian folks (we see you, chickpea penne!) to smooth sauces and rich ragùs.

From dishes to ingredients, get the best pasta at Eataly anytime. And stay tuned because an actual pasta festa may be headed your way.

Here's to you, pasta!

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7. TRUFFLES

Come for the wine...stay for the truffles.

Right now, deep in the forests of central and northern Italy, truffles are reaching perfection. Expert truffle hunters and their trained dogs are getting ready to dig, and Urbani is prepping transportation to deliver the freshly-harvested tubers to your table.

They're coming, folks. While we wait, learn every last delicious detail about truffles in our guide. Then, get ready for the return of Il Tartufo, our seasonal restaurant dedicated to fresh white truffles!

Let the hunt begin!

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8. FEASTS

Come for the wine...stay for the party.

Since the days of the ancient Etruscans, the harvest in Italy has centered around one theme: feasting! Revel in the fall bounty, revel in the crisp leaves, revel in whatever you want — it's party time.

Enter: the Fall Wine Passport, a two-day festival featuring all the wine, food, and entertainment you could want. Seriously. The Etruscans would be proud. Get your passport!

Bottoms up!

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