Eataly is more than a grocery emporium. It’s more than a collection of restaurants and eateries. Eataly is more than an ambassador of Italian cuisine. It’s an institution that has transcended borders to become a shopping and eating and drinking and socializing destination. A pioneer of a new kind of foodie destination, the kind that people flock to for more than a specialty item or a meal, but for an experience worth the excursion itself.
For anyone who appreciates good food and good wine, it’s paradise, neatly packaged up in an inviting space that combines food and market in neatly organized and highly distracting aisles of Italian delicacies. It’s overwhelming in the best way. A delicious black hole where you stop by for lunch and somehow end up leaving with $100 worth of pastas and olive oils and chocolate and maybe a bottle of Aperol. Oh, and a place where it’s encouraged to grab a glass of wine and drink while you shop.
Eataly is like 60% market, 40% eatery. In the market are sections dedicated to everything imaginable in the Italian culinary tradition: aisles of pastas, olive oils, vinegars and more. A very generous wine selection. An entire wall of Italian packaged sweets and chocolates, mountains of panettone. Not to mention counters dedicated to focaccia, mozzarella, cured meats, and fresh pastas. It caters both to the serious specialty shoppers with a breadth of products that hit every budget range, as well as the casual diners who might make a lap while waiting for a table and be inclined to buy some prettily packaged treats, or pick up a curated gift basket on their way out.
For those who come to eat, there are plenty of options too. The options vary from location to location, but most have at least a couple sit-down restaurants (usually one specializing in pizza and pasta, another with meat and fish, etc), as well as some bar seating types for wine and cheese and meats. There’s always a cafe (Lavazza) and some kind of gelato and pastry bar, and of course a cannoli bar for made-to-order cannolis. And plenty of seating to enjoy your sweet treats or a coffee.
So come hang, stay a while. Pick up some groceries, have some dinner (maybe start with an aperitivo… and get a post-meal espresso…), and embrace your best Italian life.
|Address||all locations are listed|
|Hours||varies by location but most markets open early in the morning (8-9ish) and close late in the evening (8 or 9ish), with restaurants opening for lunch and dinner|
|Price||$$ – $$$ – both the market and dining options span a range of budgets|
|Aesthetic||Italian with a capital I|
Go here for: any Italian market needs, a go-to dinner spot that feels more like an activity, a coffee and sweets break
Order this: the pop up restaurants and events – there is almost always some kind of special happening
Amount of time to spend: even if you’re just stopping by to pick something up… give yourself a good 30 minutes to accommodate distractions. If you’re here for a meal, 1-2 hours + shopping time.
When to come: weekdays and daytime are a lot less hectic, there can be a decent wait for weekend dinners (though you can put your name down and wander the shop while you wait)
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Last visited: August 2020
Last updated: December 2020