Desserts just haven't reached their full potential until they're smothered in Nutella. (Honestly, that's also true for breakfast foods, and most foods in general.) And now, Nutella is officially opening a place for you to make your chocolate and hazelnut dreams come true: the Nutella Café, opening in Chicago at the end of May.
The Chicago Tribune reports the restaurant, which is on Michigan Avenue near Millennium Park, is designed in the signature red and white colors on the label. "It's designed to make you feel like you're actually walking into a jar of Nutella," Angela Baird, the director of operations at Brand Innovation Group, told the newspaper. "Everything screams 'Nutella.'"
This isn't the first all-Nutella restaurant, but it is the first one to be owned and operated by Ferrero, the company that owns Nutella. Currently, there are Nutella outposts at Eataly in New York and Chicago, and independently-owned Nutella joints from Brazil to Italy. But those were sometimes short-lived, and some of them used the Nutella name without the brand's permission.
The Nutella Café will serve as both a place to quickly pick up coffee and a place for tourists to indulge — or just eat some lunch. The café will open in Chicago on Wednesday, May 31 at 10 a.m., and Nutella will give away "special surprises" for the first 400 people who show up. Obviously, the menu contains tons of Nutella, while more savory foods pay tribute to Nutella's Italian origins. Here are a few standouts:
Liege waffle, drizzled with Nutella and topped with vanilla ice cream:
Warm demi baguette, served with Nutella and toasted hazelnuts:
Seasonal fruit crostata, an open-faced pie topped with Nutella and hazelnuts:
An affogato with fior di latte gelato, drizzled with Nutella and served with a warm espresso shot:
And naturally, crepes jam-packed with Nutella:
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