Mario Batali's massive Chicago outpost is a recreation of an authentic Italian market, a foodie hotspot with several different Italian eateries, and fresh food markets within. Zagat describes this spot as an

'Upscale and interesting amusment park for Italian foods',

a New York City spinoff that allows those who don't have the means to visit the Big Apple

or Italy itself. Located at the Shops at North Bridge along Ohio Street, you will find a wide variety of fresh produce and meats along the first floor, excellent Italian eateries on the second.

Try Ristorante Toscano for an exciting pop-up eatery experience, La Pizza and La Pasta for excellent Napoli and Al Dente treat, Osteria Di Italy for wine, and of course, Birreria for craft microbrews like you'd find in Italy itself.

Of course, what would an authentic Italian food experience be without fresh meats and cheeses, both of which you can find from local buyers and growers at the market?  You will also find local farm-fresh produce, Salumi and Formaggi, Vio, Dairy, and Seafood from the local Pesci undo lo. Don't leave without your fresh pasta or Italian candies, each aspect within the market accomplishing the task of 'challenging the idea that quality products are accessible only to a select few'.

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