Although full details have not been released, the trendy Italian emporium has the backing of the Weston family, who own Loblaw and Holt Renfrew. They are planning to set their new store in Toronto’s Yorkville neighbourhood. Oscar Farinetti, Eataly’s co-owner, recently commented, “It’s coming for sure.”
“Eataly can best be described as a multifunctional centre,
a place to shop, taste, and learn about Italian food.”
Opened in January 2007 in Turin, Eataly can best be described as a multifunctional centre, a place to shop, taste, and learn about Italian food, its provenance and its preparation. Eataly’s main goals run parallel with those of the international Slow Food movement, the non-profit organization founded by Carlo Petrini.
These goals include the preservation and promotion of artisanal food production in Italy and throughout the world, and a fostering of the public’s awareness of the benefits of authentic cuisine. Eataly maintains close ties with Slow Food through the friendship of Petrini and Farinetti, a large number of Eataly’s products are endorsed by Slow Food and designated by the movement’s snail logo, often accompanied by explanatory text about the product.
Eataly has stores around the world including Turin (the birth place), Rome (the largest), Tokyo, Chicago, and New York (which is co-owned by Lidia Bastianich).
Cold cuts counter
Homemade pasta counter
Typical Eataly store interiors
Eataly New York
written by Rita Simonetta