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Eataly Boston finally has an opening date

The giant Italian market will start welcoming customers before December hits.

One of the shops at Eataly Chicago.
One of the shops at Eataly Chicago. Galdones Photography/Eataly

Eataly, the massive Italian food emporium set to occupy 45,000 square feet of space in the Prudential Center, is officially opening its doors November 29.

The sprawling Italian market, which will take over what used to be the entire Prudential Center food court, will feature three casual sit-down restaurants — La Pizza & La Pasta, Il Pesce, and La Piazza — and a number of to-go stations offering pizza, paninis, salad, and prepared antipasti, primi, and secondi meals. The space will also have a Lavazza coffee bar, a pastry lab, a housemade fresh mozzarella station, salumi and formaggi, a fresh pasta counter, a baker, a fishmonger, a butcher, and more than 10,000 retail products.

Founded in Turin, Italy, in 2007, Eataly Boston will be the company’s fourth American location, joining two in New York City and one in Chicago. There is no word about whether the sit-down restaurants at Eataly Boston will feature the same menus as their NYC and Chicago counterparts. That said, the New York City menu for Pizza & La Pasta offers a variety of pastas, like fusilli, gnocchi, and tagliatelle, as well as slices of wood oven-baked ‘za; the Chicago menu for La Piazza features a number of antipasti dishes; and the New York City menu for Il Pesce has a plethora of seafood items, including oysters, mussels, swordfish, skate, and octopus.

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Additional reporting by Meagan McGinnes

A retail section of Eataly Chicago.

A retail section of Eataly Chicago.

FILE - In this Aug. 15, 2016 file photo, freshly baked breads are displayed at the entrance to Eataly in New York. Fifteen years after the Sept. 11th attacks, downtown New York has been reborn, not just with the construction of One World Trade, but with a host of attractions both somber and vibrant, including the 9/11 Memorial and Museum, two retail malls, new hotels and restaurants. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)

Freshly baked breads are displayed at the entrance to Eataly in New York.

One of the many pasta dishes at Eataly.

One of the many pasta dishes at Eataly.

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