from ubiquitous pizza variations, to more refined dishes such as ossobuco alla milanese and an endless range of dolce for picky sweet tooths, italian cuisine is rightfully hailed across the planet for its rich flavours and abundant variety. riding this wave of global popularity is eataly, a multi-faceted hub of all fine things edible – and obviously italian – which is now expanding across the planet at an accelerated pace. the company was founded in turin little over a decade ago by entrepreneur oscar farinetti and has become a fixture in the life of many a discerning foodie in italy, where there are no less than 16 establishments, but also in places as far flung as new york, são paulo, istanbul, seoul and tokyo.
and now, after opening a spectacular multi-storey venue in milan and a second outlet in rome, the eataly empire has expanded once again across the border, and this time to the historic heart of munich. in schrannenhalle, originally a corn exchange built in the 1850s, it has found a fitting home where to showcase not only its array of high-end food products, but also distinct italian hospitality. although the voluminous steel structure has retained most of its original architectural features, it has been modernized to meet modern standards. measuring no less than 4,600 sqm. [approx. 49,514 sq.ft.] it's now encased in glass, shielding the stalls, booths and the more than 10,000 high-quality products from the weather elements. cleverly extrapolating from the foodwares, eataly munich also offers a string of appealing extras.
gourmets have the opportunity to indulge in the tasty offerings of 16 different eateries on the premises, but the top establishment to go to undoubtedly is adriatico, the restaurant of alex sallustio, a celebrated chef from the alto adige region, and his business partner and eataly ambassador lucio pompili. the able duo and their elaborate staff of 40 chefs serve an interesting mix of dishes from the homeland's mountain regions and coastal areas. various courses are readily available to brush up your cooking skills, and adding an eclectic element to the many offerings is bianchi, a separate retail space brimming with hi-tech bikes, accessories and matching gear of the italian brand. further expansion is already planned with a major eataly branch scheduled to open in the marais district of paris in 2018. location: viktualienmarkt 15 [altstadt].