All of the usual blog suspects are reporting that Mario Batali’s Eataly is coming to Philadelphia in next 12 months. For those who don’t know, Eataly is an Italian food market (like Reading Terminal or Chelsea Market) made up of a variety of high end restaurants, food and beverage stations, bakery, and retail items. The first Eataly opened in Turin, Italy, in 2007, the second in New York City in 2010, and the third in Chicago this year. The big news for Philly foodies was disclosed in an interview given by Eataly New York partner Joe Bastianich. The location of the Philadelphia Eataly has not been confirmed but rumors are that it could be the old Strawbridge’s building on 8th and Market.
2018: It’s a shame that the Eataly never arrived, but we are chuffed to see that its lack of arrival did not discourage other amazing food halls from calling home to Philly. These food halls offer a range of foods (and yes, even some Italian options!). You’ll find all kinds of good vibes at these other options—some have a lot of students, others a more family-friendly vibe. No matter what though, they all offer a wide variety of tasty foods ideal for if you’re after a snack, a meal, or a good night out with friends!