How to Eataly: Five musts at Park MGM’s new Italian marketplace

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The first Eataly opened in Torino in 2007, and since then the Italian marketplace has expanded to more than 37 locations worldwide. You might call it the Whole Foods of Italian cuisine. Las Vegas' version launched at Park MGM in December, and you could spend hours tasting and browsing everything Eataly has to offer. Here are five things you must do when you visit.

1. Grab a slice of pizza at Bakery & Pizza Alla Pala. You can’t get slices at La Pizzeria—that’s whole pies only. Instead, head to Bakery & Pizza Alla Pala, where you can get a slice of parmigiana di melanzane, sopresatta and more.

2. Sip wine like a king or queen. Right next to the bakery sits La Bottega del Vino, or the wine shop. Here, you’ll find a counter where you can order flights of Barolo and Barbaresco, known as the king and queen of Italian wine. A flight of three 2.5 ounce pours range from $30 to more than $100. Plus, you can learn about the history of these wines while gawking at varietals that cost more than this month’s rent. Bonus: You get free focaccia bread with your flight.

3. Nosh on a meat and cheese board. The great thing about Eataly is you’re encouraged to walk and drink. So get your wine to go and head to La Salumeria inside La Cucina del Mercato—basically a giant shop and food court. If you like truffles, the tartufo board ($25) with black truffle sea salt salami, canestrato al tartufo and ricotta with white truffle mushroom spread is the choice for you.

4. Put chocolate on everything. Eataly Las Vegas features a Nutella bar, where you can load up on the good stuff and slather it on waffles, crepes, cookies and more. Here's a secret, though: Venchi, another Italian chocolatier, has a spread that tastes just like Nutella, made with only four ingredients. Ask for a sample, then bring a jar home.

5. Take a class. Check the schedule and return at a later time for a pizza workshop or a tiramisu cooking class. It makes for a perfect date, too.

EATALY Park MGM, 702-730-7617. Daily, hours vary.

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