Italian Food Hall Eataly opens in Broadgate
The world’s largest Italian food market Eataly has finally opened the long-planned UK location in London. The massive food market and restaurant hub have finally opened to the public.
The 42,000 square feet food hall can be found on Broadgate, a stone’s throw away from Liverpool Street station, and currently London’s largest pedestrianized neighborhood. The London site includes three restaurants, three bars, six “eateries,” two terraces, 12 retail departments, a huge wine shop, and one cookery school.
Eataly is stuffed, calzone-like, full of temptations. Over 5000 Italian and local food products will be found here, with cured meat, cheese counters, and Via del Dolce (the Sweet Spot), which will serve fresh-baked Italian cakes, pastries, cannolis, and handmade gelato. You can also expect a pretty serious wine collection. In fact, Eataly is expected to field some 2000 wines, making it the largest Italian wine collection in London.
The takeaway restaurants include Pizza all Pala, which serves Roman-style pizza, Pasta Fresca Bar (fresh pasta), and Mada In Eataly, which offers a winsome mix of paninis, focaccia, salads, and other classic meals. The Gran Caffe illy will serve coffee to fuel your wanders around the market, and these hallowed halls of deliciousness will also house a bulk refill section: the first Eataly packaging-free area in the world.
Eataly CEO, Nicola Farinetti, said of the launch: “We are delighted to finally open our Eataly London doors to bring our love of Italian gastronomy to the UK at a time when consumers and hospitality professionals appreciate and need it the most.
“Eataly was founded with a vision to bring the biodiversity, craft and different layers of culinary experiences of Italy together under one roof, under our motto of ‘Eat, Shop, Learn’.
“Togetherness is at the heart of our brand and, while we will adhere to and implement all the necessary safety measures, we cannot wait to meet our new locals and celebrate passionate artisans and high-quality food in a dynamic and culturally diverse reality such as London.”
The opening day of the site has been a long time coming with the group first announcing plans to move into London in 2017. The site in London will be the 43rd Eataly and the UK the 16th country the group has sites in.