My sweetheart and I shelled out the 32 euros each per ticket to go the Expo. I will say that plus all the marketing everywhere made me have high expectations. We were planning on having dinner there an arrived hungry. My plan was to sample a little bit from several different country pavilions.
Our first pavilion was Thailand and we were superbly disappointed to find their offering was microwaved from frozen curry and rice. No thanks. We moved on.
Still no food. At this point we were getting desperate for a bite to eat. We finally found some salami sandwiches, which were decent.
Wandering on we found the Eataly pavilion with restaurants representing every region of Italy. The place was packed. I had some cold, undersalted truffle and cream tagliatelle on a plastic plate for 15 euros. My sweetheart had a roasted pork and potato that was nice.
As an aside, the scale of the place is just giant. Once we went through the entry, there was another half of a mile to walk to get to the actual venue. It took us five hours to walk to the end and back.
We poked our nose into other countries' pavilions and emerged more confused. It was a combination of edu-tainment and architecture. We found the crowds oppressive and the exhibits underwhelming. It felt more like a school field trip to a world's fair than a food festival.
So... Is there better food and more interesting stuff there? Very possible, but we didn't find it. If you do go, the after 7pm ticket for 5 euros is a better value, although the pavilions start closing at 8pm.