By David Wade

BOSTON (CBS) – Eat, drink and shop. It’s a great day in Boston for lovers of Italian food. Eataly is open for business.

Eataly is a new 45,000 square foot Italian marketplace at the Pru. There are 30 of them around the world, but on Boylston St. they’re going for a flavor of Boston.

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The sights and smells of the place will knock you out. It’s an Italian market spread over three levels of the Prudential Center. “I think this place is exactly what Boston has needed,” says one early shopper.

Mayor Marty Walsh cuts ribbon at Eataly Boston (WBZ-TV)

Mayor Marty Walsh cuts ribbon at Eataly Boston (WBZ-TV)

Eataly has four restaurants, 10 takeaway counters, five bars and a huge selection of groceries.

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Tuesday was the grand opening. “The first time I came to Boston to check this location out, I felt like I was in Europe. I fell in love in a second,” says Nicola Firanetti, the head of Eataly in the U.S.

Eataly Boston (WBZ-TV)

Eataly Boston (WBZ-TV)

“You can buy fruits and meats and vegetables. You can buy pastas. You can take a cooking class. You can eat dinner. It’s a really incredible concept,” says Boston Mayor Marty Walsh, on hand for the ribbon cutting.

While many of the items are imported there’s a big emphasis on local, especially the seafood. “What we’re learning as Italians coming here is how delicious the natural gastronomy is here, and how we can include that in our Italian way and making sure that it’s kind of Bostonian Italian in that same way,” said superstar Chef Mario Batali, an Eataly partner.

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Enjoy a glass of wine, a cup of espresso, a meal or buy the ingredients and make dinner yourself. Eataly is a new downtown option.

David Wade