(ANSA) - Bologna, June 24 - High-end Italian food market
chain Eataly is planning to open an 80,000-square-meter theme
park in Bologna to be called Eatalyworld, the company said
''This is a feasible miracle'', said company founder and
CEO Oscar Farinetti.
Due to open November 1, 2015, Eatalyworld
could draw up to 10 million tourists a year.
Eataly is seeking investors willing to put up 50 million
euros by the end of 2013.
Farinetti has his eye on Italian financial services company
Unipol, among others.
''I can't imagine that they wouldn't be interested'', he
''We want people from around the world to play with this
magical thing, Italian food''.
The theme park would include 120 restaurants, labs and
retailers, and would work closely with local universities.
Founded in 2007, Eataly is sponsored by Slow Food.
It is 60% owned by Farinetti and his associates and by some
members from the COOP Group, which is the main Italian retailer.