As lockdown eased, in many have been queuing to discover the new Italian food market: Eataly. From its exciting food sections to the lively Italian environment. The market is already promising great success.
On the 29th of April and nearly three years of anticipation the largest Italian food market and restaurant hub ´Eataly´ has finally opened its doors to the public in London.
Founded in Italy the chain has swept the States, with stores in New York, Chicago, Moscow, Tokyo and many other big cities. It has finally arrived in London.
The food outpost is a whopping 42,000 square feet and can be found in Broadgate. It is a stone’s throw away from Liverpool Street station.
Over 5000 italian and local food products will be found here. We´re talking about fresh pasta, cured meats, fabolous cheeses, olive oils, sauces, panettone, coffee, ciabatta, ravioli and everything else you might need for a full italian immersion.
You can find the Via del Dolce (the Sweet Spot), which serves freshly baked Italian cakes, pastries, cannolis and handmade gelato. There is also a pretty serious wine collection, with 2000 wines, making it the largest Italian wine collection in London.
Some of the takeaway restaurants include Pizza all Pala, Pasta Fresca Bar and the Gran Cafe illy. These hallowed halls of deliciousness will also house a bulk refill section.
This will make it the first Eataly packaging-free area in the world.
Marketing manager Lucy chase-gardener said: “We´ve seen an amazing response from the city of London.”
“We had so many people entering through the door, reservation on the terrace and everyone was really excited to explore the market.”
Once step 3 of the government roadmap begins, indoor restaurants and Eataly´s cookery school will be expected to be open. This is expected on May 20. Its aim is to give the opportunity to people that want to learn or expand their cooking skills.
It is also a way to keep a lively italian environment.
When asked what the future will look like for Eataly. “At the moment our focus is on this store, our first opening in the UK.”
“It is a long process for us to find a site and build and open and we are so happy to have finally done that in London”, Lucy added.
“The next step, we hope, is to build a calendar of events and start to really build a customer base here.”
Many have already expressed their preferences in terms of what they love about Eataly.
Executive chef, Eliano Crespi reveals: “Since we opened, the section from the market that attracted the most people is the one of cheeses and salumi.”
“Especially because we have a vast variety, more than 200 types of cheese and 100 types of salumi.”