In partnership with Eataly
Home to the famous leaning Tower of Pisa, the canal city of Venice and, of course, the birthplace of mozzarella slathered pizza, Italy is at the top of everyone’s travel list. But with travel off the cards for another summer, we’re on the search for places here in the city that’ll momentarily transport us to the rural countryside of Tuscany or the sandy shores of Sicily and we might just have found the perfect place…
Eataly, the world’s largest Italian food market and restaurant concept that’s been hot on every foodie’s lips since it was first rumoured to be arriving in the city, will be bringing a little slice of the sun-kissed country to London and it’s arriving in a matter of days.
From 29th April, Londoners are invited to embrace Eataly’s ‘Eat, Shop, Learn’ mantra at the UK’s first Eataly site in Broadgate, London’s largest pedestrianised neighbourhood.
So, what can we expect from the 42,000sq ft Italian venue?
Eataly is set to first launch their market and retail area, which will offer over 5,000 quality Italian and local food products, including fresh produce from their on-site butcher, fishmonger and cured meat and cheese counters. Alongside this, expect a dedicated La Via del Dolce (the Sweet Spot) boasting freshly baked Italian cakes, pastries, cannoli and handmade gelato.
For the cheese enthusiasts, you’ll want to make sure you try the fresh mozzarella and Italian cheeses which will be made on site every day at the cheese laboratory. While wine lovers will want to explore Eataly’s biggest Italian wine cellar, which brings more than 2,000 wine labels to the venue. Eataly are also introducing a bulk refill section, a first for Eataly, providing you with all of your cupboard staples and dried goods.
For those unable to visit straight away, fear not as they’ll also be launching an online shop and delivery service from the fresh market counters and winery from 29th April, helping you to bring a bite size piece of Italy to your home.
On Eataly’s ground floor, you’ll find an array of take-away options too. Think Roman-style pizza by the slice at Pizza alla Pala, fresh pasta made every day at Pasta Fresca Bar and Italian paninis, salads and meals-to-go from the Made In Eataly area. No Italian market is complete without coffee on hand and the Gran Caffè illy serves Italy’s favourite – illy coffee – with a gelato bar, pastries and sweet treats to enjoy alongside the brew.
If the weather holds out, enjoy a sunny escape out on the new outdoor dining concept La Terrazza di Eataly. It’s here you’ll want to spend your summer soaking up the sunny rays with Italian-style sharing dishes and cocktails from the Aperol Spritzeria. We’re already envisioning long summer days out here while we enjoy dishes such as the Pizza al Padellino in the sun. Bookings now open via Eataly.co.uk
No Italian market is complete without coffee on hand and the Gran Caffè illy serves Italy’s favourite - illy coffee...
As if that wasn’t enough, the grand opening truly arrives on 20th May, once indoor dining restrictions have lifted, with the launch of two indoor restaurants. Cucina del Mercato, meaning ‘kitchen of the market’ in Italian, will be a counter-to-table concept celebrating fresh ingredients and produce from the in-store fresh counters, while Pasta e Pizza will serve up wood-fired pizza and traditional pasta dishes. Indoor bars and seating areas will also open up too.
Terra, the finer dining destination championing the Italian wood burning grill and seasonal ingredients within Eataly, will open its doors later this year in September. If you’re looking to bring a taste of Italy to your home, signature dishes from Eataly’s world-renowned Pasta e Pizza restaurant will be available via Deliveroo, from 29th April onwards.
Finally Eataly’s cookery school, La Scuola, will open from 20th May and will offer Londoners to encompass the true Italian experience as they master classic dishes of Italian cuisine.
After months of uncertainty and restrictions, we’re excited for the arrival of Eataly so we can travel figuratively to Italy.
Italy has never been so close…
Eataly – 135 Bishopsgate, EC2M 3YD