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Is Latinicity Eataly Redux?

Richard Sandoval’s new venture showcases all of Latin America in one space.

Churrasco with escalivada-style vegetables and chimichurri sauce   Photo: Jeff Marini

Latin America consists of 20 countries and six territories. And Latinicity, the multikiosked feel-the-vibe Eataly-inspired food hall/marketplace from Richard Sandoval (Richard Sandoval Restaurants) and tapas maven Jose Garces (Rural Society), touches on the food and wares of the entire culture—plus Spain and Portugal—on the third floor of Block Thirty Seven. The partners invite you to wander around and sample arepas from Venezuela, chaufa from Peru, paella from Spain, tortas from Cuba, churrasco from Argentina, longaniza from Colombia, tacos from Mexico.

Sounds fabulously fun and delicioso, but it also sounds inconceivable. Eataly pays foodie homage to a single country, Italy, over 60,000 square feet. Latinicity jams a vast culinary landscape into a space one-third that size. Can Sandoval and Garces pull this off? Find a comfy seat near the cheese cave and wine bar and see for yourself. 108 N. State St., 312-795-4444

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