Will Eataly take a bite out of other Italian restaurants’ business?

SAN JOSE, CALIFORNIA – JUNE 23: Chef Pino Spatola owns the Italian restaurant Paesano Ristorante in San Jose. (Wangyuxuan Xu/Bay Area News Group) Curious customers have descended on Eataly during its first week in business. (Dai Sugano/Bay Area News Group) 

You might not expect chef Pino Spatola to celebrate the arrival of Eataly, the Italian culinary juggernaut, in the Bay Area.

After all, his own restaurant, Paesano, is just five miles away in San Jose’s Little Italy.

But there he was on Eataly’s opening day at Valley Fair, sipping wine and sampling focaccia and handmade pasta — and heralding this emporium filled with

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