Ciao Torontonians, be prepared to experience a slice of Italy right here in the city! Eataly will be opening its first Canadian location in Toronto officially on Wednesday, November 13 at 5 PM. It will be located at Bay and Bloor Street in the newly renovated Manulife Centre.
Spanning across three floors, customers can explore the multitude of flavours of Italy’s 20 diverse regions at Eataly Toronto. The brand’s immersive approach is a celebration of Italian culture, with it’s in-store elements all connecting to Eataly’s guiding pillars of Eat, Shop, Learn.
To bring the company to this new market, it has partnered with Toronto-based Selfridges Group, through its parent company Wittington Investments.
Eataly Toronto has three eateries, each with its own innovative dining experience; La Pizza & La Pasta (Italian Staples), La Pescheria (seafood-centric, fish sourced from beloved local Diana’s seafood), La Piazza (Italian Street Food). Customers can expect to find hundreds of shapes of pasta at the pasta station made fresh daily and it’s also available for purchase at the market. The must-try dish is their pasta pomodoro, which consists of spaghetti, tomatoes, olive oil and basil.
Looking to try a change in pizza? Eataly Toronto serves customers three different types of pizza. There is a Neopolitan pizza counter where the pies are hand-tossed. The restaurant also has thicker, Roman-style pizza which are sold by the slice. Seasonal toppings are available which feature some of the local produce. The Pizza Al Padellino, which is a pan-fried pizza can also be found at the La Piazza. With a 24-hour bread production at Eataly Toronto, customers can expect the freshest products on a daily basis.
For all the sweet-tooths out there, the bakery section is where you want to be at. Along with a cannoli station, customers can also find a gelato counter which will feature over twenty flavours. If that’s not exciting enough, the creamy Tiramisu is sure to stop you in your tracks. Italian chocolate company, Venchi has a counter where guests can purchase their chocolates and spreads.
Eataly Toronto has something in store for the seafood lovers too. The company has partnered with Diana’s Seafood to bring customers the best seafood products. The La Pescheria counter displays a multitude of fresh fish which can be purchased. Guests can request for their choice of fish to be grilled and served on the spot.
IL GRAN CAFFÈ
Eataly Toronto’s Il Gran Caffè is a full-service Italian bar from Italian coffee roaster illy. From early breakfast, to a quick lunch and late-night bites, Il Gran Caffè will be a reliable stop within Eataly for any occasion.
The in-house brewery, Birroteca, is the latest addition to the city’s craft beer scene. Found on the concourse level of Eataly Toronto, Birroteca is a partnership with pioneering small brewer Indie Ale House. Guests will be able to purchase beer from the brewery as well.
Eataly’s Mercato will offer a variety of fresh local produce and an assortment of imported items from Italy, making it the perfect destination for every day and special occasion shopping. Fresh counters of various products will be present, including La Macelleria (butcher counter) and Salumi e Formaggi (cured meats and cheeses). Some of the meats include Handcrafted Chorizo, Jalapeno Blue Cheese Salami and various prosciutto.
A wall of Parmigiano-Reggiano wheels is also featured in the marketplace. They are carved up daily and paired with Balsamic vinegar made by Chef Massimo Bottura. Customers can also sample and purchase fresh mozzarella made in-store.
An answer to the city’s fast-paced lifestyle, the brand’s largest selection of takeaway offerings will be at its Pronto section. There are many ready-to-eat options such as grazing trays, salads, savoury paninis, decadent desserts and more.
LA SCUOLA DI EATALY
La Scuola di Eataly is Eataly Toronto’s in-house cooking school and will offer a variety of hands-on cooking classes. Guests can attend the school to learn about the dishes they have at the restaurant. Classes will be held daily to teach people about how to use the ingredients served in the Eataly dishes. One of the dishes that customers can be learn about is spaghetti with caviar.
Eataly Toronto will be open daily from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. The four restaurants will be open from 11 a.m. – 11 p.m. The Birroteca is open from 11 a.m. – 10 p.m. For more information visit www.eataly.com.