Crammed with Slow Food–sanctioned comestibles and various dining counters, this massive food bazaar in nearby Lingotto makes Whole Foods look like a 7-Eleven. Stroll among aisles of Barolo vinegars, acres of handmade pasta and more than 250 kinds of handcrafted cheese, including such Piedmontese favorites as the ricotta-like, hay-wrapped seirass del fen. As for counter food: focaccia di Recco, an oozy Ligurian beauty filled with pungent Stracchino cheese, then a carpaccio of Piedmontese beef, followed by a perfect seafood grigliata—at three different dining stalls. Dishes at most Eataly counters average about 13 bucks—including a bottle of mineral water, gratis.
Congratulations to Mei Lin, winner of Top Chef Season 12.