Originated in Turin, Italy, Eataly is the largest Italian marketplace in the world founded by Oscar Farinetti. And on November 3rd, it finally opened its first West Coast location in Westfield Century City Mall. In this 67,000-square-foot Italian heaven you will find anything from a food hall, to a market, to a cooking school, to a desserterie and much more! Eataly L.A. invites you in to wander through its three floors of Italian products – it’s a pleasantly overwhelming experience.
What to expect:
Eataly L.A.’s first floor features Lavazza café with a great range of Italian coffee such as the luxurious espresso Torinese, affogatom macchiato and more. There is also a gelateria because you’ll definitely want some Italian ice cream with your coffee. Finally, you’ll find Eataly’s cooking school on the first floor. There you’ll learn all about different types of pasta, how the shapes interact with different sauces, as well as the perfect wine pairings. Students are welcome to eat their meals at the end of the class to enjoy and appreciate their effort.
The second floor features the biggest portion of your Eataly experience. Stop by Pizza alla Palla and enjoy yummy Roman-style pizza. Eataly L.A.’s salad bar features local chefs Jason Neroni of the The Rose Café in Venice and Neal Fraser of Redbird, located in Downtown LA. Make plans to have dinner at Eataly’s top-notch fish restaurant, Il Pesce Cucina, or head to Rossopomodoro – an authentic Neapolitan pizzeria. Finally, there you’ll find a wide range of shops, so plan on stocking up with top-quality Italian wine, fish and beef fillets and much more.
Finally, the third-floor restaurant has not yet been named, but it will have outdoor seating and somewhat mirror the concept of one of the restaurants in Boston’s Eataly. Overall, Eataly L.A. experience will leave you fully satisfied and a little exhausted, so head over to Westfield Century City Mall this weekend to get a taste of Italian heaven. It’s finally here – hallelujah!