Eataly Torino (Source Eataly.it)

It’s been more than six months since Oscar Farinetti, the brains and bucks behind Eataly, spoke to Rome’s mayor Gianni Alemanno about opening a gastronomic megastore in the Italian capital. You can watch a video, filmed by Italian food blog Dissapore in which Farinetti dishes on Alemanno and the new project here. The sound quality is awful and difficult to comprehend, but the gist is, Alemanno is awesome (gag!) and the Eataly Roma will open in 2011 in the Air Terminal next to Stazione Ostiense.

Works got underway this summer and the 12,000 square meter space is slated to open mid-year. Eataly Roma will have 11 restaurants, where the focus will be on local ingredients from Lazio, and several areas dedicated to education and cooking lessons. The opening is a long way off, but you can get into the spirit by joining the Facebook group Vogliamo Eataly a Roma. E Subito Pure, or by making a pilgrimage out to the site in Piazzale 12 Ottobre 1492. But, beware, the Air Terminal still looks like the poster child for post-industrial urban decay. Maybe a late 2011 opening is more realistic?