Walking into an Eataly truly is like walking into a wonderland of food exploration, a dynamic eating experience that taps into all the senses and paves that way for a new vision of what shopping can be. Luckily for our friends in the north, Toronto, Canada, is finally getting a taste of the Italian grocery experience as Eataly is opening in Toronto this fall.
"It’s a bit like going to a theatre, where you’re not observing a play but you’re enjoying it, you’re part of it. If you really want a specific comparison, I would go for the traditional open-air food markets in Italy where you have people sitting down in a bar, you have people buying fresh food and there would be a little place where you can have some food and drink some wine," Executive President, Andrea Guerra, shared with Financial Post, speaking of the concept behind the Eataly vision. "This is what we are. We’re not a supermarket, we’re not a restaurant, we’re not a food hall, we’re not a food court."
As a first of its kind in Canada, this location will provide a flagship status to the store and will open in the Yorkville District's Manulife Centre.
With locations now popping up around the U.S. from Los Angeles, New York, Chicago, Boston, and Dallas coming soon, it only makes sense to jump into one of the biggest food, art, and culture hubs of North America, and with a 50,000-square-foot complex to boot, according to the company.
The company offers a true foodie’s experience highlighting all that Italy has to offer. Standing three levels tall, the location will include a fresh market, grocery store, four restaurants, and six cafes and bars. Shoppers can take in an amazing view of the city and the food spread.
Additionally, Eataly Toronto will showcase both local and Italian products, carefully-sourced by experts from small-scale farmers around Canada and many artisanal producers in Italy as well.
Suppliers, producers, artisans, and consumers alike will be vying for space inside this exciting food emporium—we may even need to plan a trip to Toronto just to check this location out.
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