Eataly L.A: Meals of the Century
- November 04, 2017
- Christie McCollum
Eataly: Eat, Shop, Learn.
It seems like Los Angeles had to wait forever to get an Eataly, but mamma mia, our time has come. The seductive slice of a logo teased Santa Monica Boulevard motorists for way too long. Founder Oscar Farinetti has hinted about a West Coast location of the upscale Italian marketplace since opening the first Eataly in Turin, Italy, in 2007. The enormous (67,000 square feet) multilevel anchors the northeast corner of the Westfield Century City mall.
Inside the airy indoor/outdoor L.A. locale there are numerous sit-down restaurants and cafes where you can sample dishes made with house-cured meats, fresh breads, pastas, and cheeses. Specialized kiosks where you can purchase the imported and local ingredients to recreate the magic at home, or at least make a charcuterie plate for the ages. You can even pick up wine, tableware, serving platters, linens, and cookbooks, and there are gelato and espresso bars, a mozzarella-making booth. Grab-and-go stations offering premade options like lasagna, meatballs, and fritto misto. Eataly’s cooking school, La Scuola, offers a smorgasbord of expert-taught classes to get you up to speed in the kitchen and teach you how to make signature Italian dishes on the fly.
So far, it is a match made in hedonism. “Angelenos like good, clean food, made by local producers with phenomenal stories behind them,” says Farinetti. “We do too, so we’ll get along just fine!”
10250 Santa Monica Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90067