Eataly, Turin’s Enogastronomic Marketplace and Blog Action Day

I couldn’t find a better day to highlight the enogastronomic marketplace Eataly since today is Blog Action day, when (at last count) over 15,000 blogs would be talking about today’s topic: The Environment.

Eataly, located in Turin was opened just this past February in the old Carpano vermouth factory. I am focusing on it today not only because it’s an interesting place for a foodie to pass some time (as well as get some gifts), Eataly is also committed to being a learning center just as much as a salesplace. In fact, the space dedicated to their learning facilities is actually larger than their marketplace (3,200 square meters vs. 2,450 respectively).

The Slow Food organization serves as a consultant to Eataly, and Eataly has adopted its three principles. Hopefully Eataly can become a resource that brings the Slow Food philosophy closer to everyday people.

  • Food must taste good.
  • A food must be ecologically sustainable.
  • A food must be produced in a socially just way.

There was a big section in Eataly’s entryway about “Eating in Season” and its main point was eating fruits and vegetables in season is better for everyone because it’s when they are the freshest and the products are most sustainable (i.e., coming from locally grown sources and/or natural means) Food Network also has some information about eating produce in season .

Eataly - Eat Fruits/Veggies in Season!

Eataly fresh vegetables and fish

I think my favorite part of the visit was the “cantina” – where you could enter and see a type of larder where cheese and prosciutto were being stored. The smell inside these closed-off rooms was delicious, and we noticed that a private aperitivo had just finished in the cheese room. We scanned the plates for any leftover bits. Sadly, nothing.

Eataly - Inside the cantina, Parmigiano Reggiano

Eataly - Inside the cantina - Prosciutto di Parma

S’s favorite part was of course the wine cellar. There was also a “reserve” room that was closed-off with bottles that were close to our monthy salaries. The Eataly restaurant adjoins the reserve room and it looked very cozy (and closed). Also, the wine cellar, like most specialty areas in Eataly, had its own eating area, full of tables ready for a glass of wine and aperitivo shortly.

Eataly, Wine and really expensive wine

Eataly - The Beer Wall

I’ve heard it called a “Foodie’s Disneyland” but it is important to remember that behind every choice, every product selection, there are faces and families behind the production. Eataly tries to justify each of its choices, even for technological reasons, and you’ll often find a sign next to a TV or a piece of equipment stating why Eataly has chosen this company as a supplier/partner.

What I’d like to see more of from Eataly in the future….

  • Big recycling bins and an educational area about recycling
  • Big welcoming center – education center for children – there were lots of children there but I didn’t see them as engaged as they could have been.
  • “This is not a Plastic Bag” Eataly bags and/or rewards for those bringing their own bags.
  • Some words about the end-users and how much profit they’re getting by selling to Eataly instead of another group (i.e., even a percentile!)
  • Flesh out their online presence with more information about their principles and classes involved.

So take some Action yourself today on Blog Action Day!

More information from Blog Action day about getting involved and educated. Tomorrow, October 16th is also World Food Day with the FAO (in Rome!)

Some other bloggers talk about Eataly – Judy from Over a Tuscan Stove has talked about it, and Un Tocco di Zenzero (Italian) just went to Italy as well. And Eataly? Well, it’s coming closer…stores are slated to open all over Italy and in NYC!

Eataly, Turin
Via Nizza, 230 int. 14 (in front of “8 Gallery”) Torino Lingotto. (on public transportation, from the Porta Nuova station – take the 1 / 18 / 35 bus toward Lingotto and get off at 8 Gallery/Politecnico – you should see Eataly from the street if you get off at the stop right after!)

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  1. says

    What a great idea–and such a creative name! Hopefully this is just the beginning of such a movement b/c it sounds like an idea that can be recreated around the world quite easily. I’m doing Blog Action Day too btw :)

  2. says

    Oh, this is great news! I am so happy that these Slow Food ideas are reaching Italy’s mainstream and the tourists. This looks like a deliciously fun place to visit. It’s on my list for my next trip. Grazie! Oh, and thanks for the heads-up about blog action day.

  3. says

    Wow, you have got some really photos there. All this talk about food is making my tummy growl. Will have to check out those other sites you mentioned, looks interesting.


  4. says

    Eataly — What a fantastic place. I hope we all could — and would — get more involved in what we eat, how it is produced and where it comes from. So important. And who could possibly complain about spending a couple of hours ogling over all the beautiful foods.

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