Hand drawn rigatoni with cooked and raw scorpion fish in its ragout
by Alfonso Caputo
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For its inaugural year in the Windy City, Identità Golose and Merano WineFestival will host the three-day Italian Food&Wine Festival showcasing the great wines and renowned cuisine of Italy through a series of carefully curated events at Eataly Chicago.
The Italian Food&Wine Festival begins with a four-course dinner that brings together two acclaimed Italian chefs, Ugo Alciati and Davide Oldani, and two of Eataly’s own, Executive Chef Alex Pilas and Pastry Chef Katia Delogu, at Baffo at Eataly. Chef Lidia Bastianich will lead the team of culinary luminaries, presenting guests with a communal dining experience showcasing progressive Italian dishes and wine pairings. The dinner is $150 per person. Guests may reserve their spots for the dinner on the Eataly Chicago website.
The following day, Identità Golose and the Merano WineFestival will host a one-time-only tasting event pairing 100 of Italy’s most important wines from the 30 country’s most acclaimed wineries with bites utilizing Italian products at La Scuola-Eataly Chicago’s cooking school. Tickets are $30 and include all wine and food tastings. Guests may purchase tickets for the tasting on the Eataly Chicago website.
The Italian Food&Wine Festival will also present two head-to-head chef demonstrations, each with a key ingredient. Each seminar, the chefs will be tasked to create their best dish, the first demonstration using truffles and the second using rice. The hour-long seminars will take place inside La Scuola. Tickets are priced at $95 can be purchased on the Eataly Chicago website.
For any additional information, please visit foodwinefestival.it and eataly.com.
Join the event online with the hashtag #identitàeataly