Eataly will open its first Canadian store on November 13. The company made the announcement on its Instagram page today.
The three-floor store will cover 50,000 square feet in Toronto's newly renovated Manulife Centre at Bay and Bloor, showcasing the culinary diversity and flavours of Italy's 20 regions. The new store is the product of a partnership between Eataly and Toronto-based Selfridge's Group - though its parent company Wittington Investments.
Eataly Toronto will include four sit-down restaurants: La Pizza & La Pasta (Italian Staples), La Pescheria (seafood-centric, fish sourced from local Diana’s seafood), La Piazza (Italian Street Food) and a fourth regional inspired restaurant to open in Winter 2020 called Trattoria Milano. In addition, shoppers can enjoy options from several quick-service counters serving prepared items such as authentic pizzas, pastas, and gelato in one of the store's many seating areas.
The store will also host Eataly Toronto's Il Gran Caffe, an upscale, full-service Italian bar from Italian coffee roaster illy, Birroteca, an in-house brewery, beer shop and tasting room, and in-house cooking school La Scuola di Eataly.
Eataly already has close to 40 locations around the world. The first Eataly ever opened in 2007 in Torino, Italy. More than just boutique grocery stores, they provide all kinds of ethically sourced products and typically contain their own restaurants.
According to some sources, a second Eataly may be in the works already.
Eataly says its brand was born by aggregating a number of small companies operating in the food and wine compartment. It encompasses durum wheat pasta from Gragnano, Piedmont’s egg pasta, mineral water from the Marittime Alps, Veneto and Piedmont’s wines, Ponente Riviera Ligure oil, Piedmont’s fassone meat, and traditional Italian cheese and cold cuts. Since its first opening, Eataly has been able to offer the best artisan products at reasonable prices by creating a direct relation between producers and distributors, and focusing on sustainability, responsibility and sharing.
For an interview with Eataly founder Oscar Farinetti (pictured below), and a sneak peek at the new Toronto store, you can read a Globe and Mail feature here.
Images: Eataly Instagram