FAST CASUAL | Staff Reporter, UK

Italian food hall chain Eataly to make UK debut

The group has grown to over 40 sites across 15 countries.

Italian food hall chain Eataly is days away from making its UK debut.

Opening on 29 April, the flagship 42,000sq ft venue will open next to Liverpool Street station on Broadgate in the City of London.With indoor dining initially prohibited, it will first launch its market and retail area, takeaway eateries, and brand-new outdoor dining concept called La Terrazza di Eataly.

La Terrazza will have an Italian menu of sharing dishes and will also be host to the Aperol Spritzeria, offering cocktails, wine and beer.

The outlet’s ground floor will feature takeaway options including Roman-style pizza by the slice concept Pizza alla Pala; a fresh pasta bar; and a Made In Eataly serving Italian paninis, focaccia, salads and 'classic' meals to go.

The market will offer over 5,000 Italian and local food products and include a butcher, fishmonger, and wine cellar stocking more than 2,000 labels.

Eataly will also have a dedicated dessert counter for freshly-baked Italian cakes, pastry, cannoli and handmade gelato. A cheese laboratory will produce fresh mozzarella and Italian cheeses on site every day, whilst the bulk refill section will be the first Eataly packaging-free area globally.

Once indoor restrictions are lifted, Eataly will have its 'grand opening' on 20 May and launch two indoor restaurants, Cucina del Mercato and Pasta e Pizza, alongside the in-store bars and seating areas. Its La Scuola cookery school will also open on the same day.

By September, fine dining restaurant concept Terra is expected to launch within the vicinity.

“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," said Nicola Farinetti, Eataly CEO.

Farinetti opened the first Eataly in Torino, Italy, back in 2007 and has since grown to over 40 sites across 15 countries.

Photo credit: Eataly UK Facebook

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