Lonely Planet Writer

Learn about Italy’s famous cuisine as it travels from field to fork at FICO Eataly World

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You may have tasted true Italian cuisine, but soon you can learn everything there is to know about how it is grown and made – and even sample it too – at the new FICO Eataly World that is set to open in Bologna next year.

The experience will teach people about food from farm to table.
The experience will teach people about food from farm to table. Image by FICO Eataly World

FICO Eataly World, which is set to open in the second half of 2017, is described as a “culinary destination” that will feature the best of Italian food, wine and agricultural traditions from around Italy. Each season, typical Italian crops will be cultivated, and the raw ingredients will be processed in 40 shops. From there, the products will be sold in the market, and turned into traditional dishes at 25 on-site restaurants.

Eataly is a group of Italian markets that saw its first location open in Turin, Italy in 2007. Now, nearly 10 years later, there are more than 30 locations in New York City, Chicago, Copenhagen, Dubai and beyond. Eataly stores are different around the world, but all focus on being a place where people can eat, shop and learn about food.

The experience will teach people about food from farm to table.
The experience will teach people about food from farm to table. Image by FICO Eataly World

The new addition will take that concept to a new scale, following a “field to fork” approach to food, as the 20-acre establishment aims to teach guests about Italian culture through its culinary traditions.

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As different regions around Italy have difference ingredients, cuisines and traditions, the food will represent areas from around the country – perfect for those who want to sample all the taste of the country in a short time.

The experience will teach people about food from farm to table.
The experience will teach people about food from farm to table. Image by FICO Eataly World

There will be four acres of pastures, fields and farms at the site, which will be dedicated to growing crops like olives, grapes and truffles, and raising indigenous animals like Piemontese and Chianina cow, Sardinian sheep and more. There will be classrooms, educational pathways and more for people to learn about how Italy’s famous cuisine is made.

For those who are less interested in learning than they are eating, visitors will still be able to sample regional recipes and shop from stall to stall, meaning travellers can fill their bags with all the most delicious Italian foods to enjoy back home.