Eat Better, Live Better. Giant Italian food-hall brand Eataly is finally set to open a ginormous 40,000-square-foot venue in the City’s Broadgate development. Billed as a place to ‘eat, shop and learn’, we actually think it sounds an awful lot more exciting than that thanks to three Italian restaurants, a bulging grocery market, fresh cheese made on-site, and ‘London’s biggest Italian winery’. And it’s finally set to open in ‘early 2021’.
This spin-off from the Torino original will join a 42-strong fleet of Eataly outposts all around the world. Those fellow food halls focus on Italian food and produce, and the London offering will follow their lead as well as offering in-house cookery classes from Italian chefs and experts.
The Italian food and wine marketplace get ready to open its first London opening in the heart of the City at Broadgate.
Here's a full guide to the food hall's restaurants, bars, and shops:
La Terrazza di Eataly - the first place to open, this alfresco restaurant will serve up summery sharing dishes, plus their Aperol Spritzeria van will be on hand for cocktails, wine, and beer.
The ground floor has three key areas, mainly focused on takeaway but there are some places to sit:
Gran Caffè illy - This has the Caffe Bar (coffee by illy and gelato) and Made in Eataly (seasonal Italian food)
Bar Centrale - Pasta Fresca Bar (fresh pasta made daily, Pizza Alla Pala (Roman-style pizzas), La Panniteria (Italian breads), Gastranomia (their deli), Bar (simply titled, this is a wine bar)
La Via Del Dolce - Dolci Italiani (Italian sweets), La Pasticceria (Italian pastries) and I Cannoli (cannolis, filled to order). This section also has 5450 light bulbs decorating it, so should look pretty spectacular.
When you head up to the first floor, you'll find.
Fresh food counters - shop at Natoora, there's also cured meats and cheeses, their butcher, a fishmonger and Il Caseficio which is described as the "house of mozzarella and fine cheeses".
Il Vino - the huge wine section, with over 2000 wines. which also has a wine school with events and wine pairing.
Terra - An Italian wood-fire grill restaurant
Cucina del Mercato - a restaurant with a regularly changing menu created from the stock of the fresh food counters
Pasta e Pizza - as it sounds, a wood-fired pizza and traditional pasta restaurant
If you've ever been to one of their stores (this will be their 43rd opening), they go big on demonstrations and tastings and London will follow on the same lines. They're opening a cookery school and you can expect various open kitchens and production labs throughout the store.
While the essence of the brand is all things Italian, there will be room for local produce too. One example they give is that the fresh cheese made on-site will use milk from small local farmers. Better still, in the current trying economic climate, they're creating 300 jobs.