Century City, California 90067
Courtesy Eataly Pizza alla pala at Eataly
- Daily, 8 a.m.-11 p.m.
- Vegetarian Friendly, Kid Friendly, Patio/Sidewalk Dining
- Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant concepts are getting bigger and bigger in L.A., and the grandest of them all is the Eataly megastore in the renovated Westfield Century City mall. It's Disneyland for foodies. The 67,000-square-foot Italian paradise houses three restaurants — La Piazza, Il Pesce Cucina and La Pizza & La Pasta. Tables are on a first-come, first-served basis; they don't take reservations. There are separate counters for fresh pasta, cheese, produce, pizza, chocolate and butchery, and stations devoted to meatballs, mozzarella, lasagna, frito misto, salumi and cheese. On the second floor, Italian chef and Eataly partner Lidia Bastianich is dean of La Scuola di Eataly by Valcucine cooking school, where you can learn how to shape gnocchi and cook regional Italian dishes. Jason Neroni, chef and owner of Rose Café, curates the menu at L'Orto dello Chef, the mind-boggling salad bar. If it all seems too overwhelming, you can get the lay of the land on one of the walking tours held Thursday through Sunday, which include a taste of everything. The first Eataly opened in Turin, Italy, in 2007. Since then the franchise has grown to a total of 39, with four in the United States. —Michele Stueven
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