Eataly LA is located in the northwest corner of the Century City mall. Even in competition with the Din Tai Fung, Shake Shack, and MidiCi Pizza openings, Eataly is one of the most exciting newcomers to land at the renovated Century City Westfield. Overlooking the corner of Santa Monica Boulevard and the Avenue of the Stars, Eataly is accessible via two levels: the first floor, which features a cooking school, coffee bar, and gelato counter, and the second floor, featuring two restaurants and the marketplace.
Eataly is not a chain, but a family. Yes, it’s an important difference. Though all Eataly locations import products, cuisines, and techniques directly from Italy, each store reflects its unique location; as Batali told us, different locations have different themes, counters, and programs. In fact, the Century City emporium marks a lot of firsts: Eataly LA repurposes greywater to minimize the water footprint, hosts rotating local chefs at the salad bar, and sells a small percentage of wine, milk, and olive oil made in the U.S.
It’s a lot of different things at once. Eataly doesn’t do pre-made meals or serve-yourself food bars—Eataly is a marketplace, restaurant emporium, and, as Founder Oscar Farinetti told us, a place to “buy what you eat, and eat what you buy.” It’s not just about feeding guests, but about helping them acquire the skills, ingredients, and palate to feed themselves and others back home; thus, Eataly is part marketplace, part restaurant, and part culinary school. The experiential philosophy is written on the walls (literally): signs bearing quotes, maps of Italy, and educational diagrams help shoppers keep living la dolce vita.
The food is authentic. Like, really. This isn’t a kitschy restaurant with jars of Parmesan and plaid tablecloths—Eataly is about as close as you’ll get to Italy this side of Europe (or, at the very least, this side of New York). Stroll la strada and order up salumi and formaggi, pasta served al dente and dressed (not sauced), and bulk Italian olive oil in refillable glass bottles. Within steps, you can visit Rome for Pizza alla Pala, Torino for a Bicerin from Lavazza Cafe, and Tuscany for panigacci—a clay-baked unleavened bread.
Wine is sacred—both in Italy and in Eataly’s wine shop. Whether you’re looking for a tasting, retail purchase, or meal pairing, onsite experts can help you navigate the impressive collection of wine sourced 85 percent from Italian producers and 15 percent from U.S. producers.
Holiday shopping is on lock. Seriously, just make Eataly your one-stop shop for friends and family this holiday season. From Italian-imported truffles, pasta makers, and cappuccino machines to gift cards, cooking classes, and dinner reservations, Eataly has something for everyone—including the amateur chef, the hungry foodie, and the ultimate wine snob.
There are three onsite restaurants. In addition to the panigacci, pizza, and salamis, Eataly has three restaurants onsite. On the second floor, guests will find the Neapolitan pizzeria, Rossopomodoro—where pies are cooked quickly in brick ovens—and Il Pesce Cucina, a fresh seafood concept from Michael Cimarusti and Donato Poto. Neither take reservations, but both offer open seating on the floor, at counters, and on the outdoor patio. But there’s still more to come with Terra, a wood-burning grill, set to open on the roof this winter.
The LA location opened November 3. Finally. I knew (and judging by Mario Batali’s advice to wait out opening crowds, he knew) that Angelenos were waiting, praying, and not-so-subtly driving by to keep tabs on progress. Undoubtedly the most anticipated opening of 2017, Angelenos can finally stop guessing: the grand opening was November 3, and Eataly LA is officially open for business. Pizza, pasta, and cheese await—but you won’t have to, with Eataly’s Line-O-Meter on Twitter. Buono!
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