FROM THE 29TH OF APRIL
Eataly, the world’s largest Italian food market and restaurant concept, has announced its own roadmap of key opening dates for the its London launch: from 29th April the 42,000 square feet “Italian food haven” invites Londoners to safely embrace its “Eat, Shop, Learn” mantra.
Eataly London is Located at Broadgate, London’s largest pedestrianised neighbourhood, situated next door to Liverpool Street station, and – as lockdown restrictions lift – opened first of all the market and retail area, take-away eateries, and brand-new outdoor dining concept La Terrazza di Eataly.
La Terrazza offers an exclusive Italian menu of sharing dishes for the summer, and is also host to the Aperol Spritzeria, offering cocktails, wine and beer to bring a taste of the Italian sunshine to the city. Bookings have been possible from 19th April, via Eataly.co.uk
Eataly’s market offers over 5,000 quality Italian and local food products, including fresh produce from their butcher, fishmonger and cured meat and cheese counters. More than 2,000 wine labels make Eataly London’s biggest Italian wine cellar, a dedicated Via del Dolce (the Sweet Spot) showcases the freshly baked Italian cakes, pastry, cannoli and handmade gelato, the cheese laboratory produces fresh mozzarella and Italian cheeses on site every day, and the bulk refill section is the first Eataly packaging-free area in the world.
From 29th April Eataly is also offering an online shop and delivery from the fresh market counters and winery.
In anticipation of diverse hospitality options to come, Eataly’s ground floor proposes a selection of take-away opportunities such as Roman-style pizza by the slice at Pizza alla Pala, fresh pasta made every day at Pasta Fresca Bar, Italian paninis, focaccia, salads and classic meals to go from the Made In Eataly area.
Of course it would not be an Italian market without coffee, and the Gran Caffè illy serves Italy’s favourite – illy coffee – with a gelato bar, pastries and sweets, cannoli, drinks and aperitivi for take away.
This preview phase, while indoor dining is restricted, will be followed by the grand opening on 20th May, celebrating the official launch of the two indoor restaurants, Cucina del Mercato and Pasta e Pizza, as well as the in-store bars, and seating areas around the other eateries. Terra, the finer dining destination within the site, will open its doors later in September. Bookings for Cucina del Mercato and Pasta e Pizza restaurants are now open too.
Starting also from 20th May, Eataly’s renowned cookery school, La Scuola, is going to offer classes to take customers on an Italian journey discovering and mastering classic dishes of Italian cuisine. Bookable online, classes will be hosted by house chefs and specialists both in store and online. Summer will see the launch of further activities to embrace the warmer season in the capital in true Italian style.
Eataly CEO, Nicola Farinetti, said: “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.”