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Mario Batali's Eataly in Boston?

Posted by Kara Baskin  November 1, 2013 10:10 AM

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We can dream. The business section of today's Globe bears the hopeful news that even though Mario Batali's plans for a Boston Babbo fell through, he's still trying to build a presence in the city. The latest rumblings indicate that he might try to open a branch of Eataly, the massive Italian marketplace with branches in New York and, soon, Chicago. We reached out to his reps, who can't confirm specific plans yet. Faneuil Hall-Quincy Market is an area of interest for his operations team (and it would be fantastic to have something new at Quincy Market), but they're also scoping out buildings in the Back Bay and elsewhere. Chicago's Eataly, opening at the end of the month, will have a Nutella bar and its own version of Babbo, called Baffo, inside the marketplace — so maybe we might just get our own Babbo yet.

Where would you want to see an Eataly? Quincy Market? Someplace farther from the North End, like Harrison Ave. in the South End? Anywhere else?

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