Mario Batali and Joe Bastianich pulled together some of their best friends and an impressive assortment of farmers, fishermen, and fancy-food makers of all stripes to create this 50,000 square foot temple to Italian food. Similar to Whole Foods with its maddening crowds, lofty prices, and We-Are-The-World slow food ethos, but with a greater emphasis on decadence (read: eat your weight in prosciutto). When you’re feeling overwhelmed by it all, take a seat at one of a half-dozen or so in-store restaurants and sip a glass of Chianti to help it all go down smoothly. 

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