Boston could be getting its own version of Eataly, celebrity chef Mario Batali’s wildly popular Manhattan food emporium that combines restaurants and a vast gourmet market to recreate the bustling experience of an Italian piazza.
The Eataly concept was first introduced in Turin, Italy, six years ago by businessman Oscar Farinetti, who partnered with Batali and others to bring a 50,000 square foot megastore to New York in 2010. Seven million people visited the Manhattan marketplace last year, an Eataly spokeswoman said.
The partners, who are slated to open an even larger Eataly Chicago later this month, say they’ve been scoping out Boston real estate for more than a year in search of another potential home for the Italian market. Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers.