Hunger struck midway through the Pablo Picasso gallery. Agreeing that a bus ride would take too long and a cab fee not worth the short trip, we took to walking a mile north towards Eataly – a passionate recommendation by our experienced Chicago host.
Imagine a Whole Foods Market, EVERYTHING Italian, five times bigger with the energy of a crowded marketplace – and you have Eataly! Lacey and I chose Osteria di Eataly as our dining venue (one of nine in-store ‘restaurant’ choices). Described as, “a place serving wine and simple food…with modern and traditional preparations” – we anxiously asked our server for suggested gluten and dairy-free options. After confirming some questionable items with the chef, Angel took our order…
First course: BARBABIETOLA – a roasted beet salad with Champagne vinaigrette
Second course: COTECHINO – Housemade pork sausage with local mustard
Third course: POLLO CON PANZANELLA – seared chicken with Tuscan style veggies
Dessert: TORTINA DI NOCCIOLE – a chocolate, hazelnut flourless cake
Although not a ton of GF/DF options, our lunch feast was delicious. The atmosphere alone was worth the trip – and a rich, chocolate dessert will always win Lacey over. At the end of our meal, we even discovered a gluten-free pasta option at a venue across the store. Extremely tempted to indulge in a ‘bonus’ course, our stomachs convinced us otherwise.
OPTIONS – would desire more items to consider it a go-to spot
ALLERGY CONCERNS – GF items very susceptible to cross-contamination; sauces prepared in advance likely to contain dairy products
LACEY’S STOMACH – heavy from a generous ingestion of olive oil – but otherwise happy, delighted and satisfied. No sign of gluten consumption!